Franklin Templeton appoints George Szemere as Head of Alternative Sales for EMEA

From Franklin Resources, Inc.
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London, 9h January – Franklin Templeton Investments is pleased to announce the appointment of George Szemere as the new Head of Alternative Sales, EMEA. Based in London, UK, George joins Franklin Templeton today from Columbia Threadneedle where he was most recently Head of Liquid Alternatives and Global Strategic Relations EMEA Distribution.

Reporting to Vivek Kudva, Managing Director for EMEA and India, George will be responsible for growing Franklin Templeton’s alternative business in the EMEA region. He will also partner closely with the various alternative investment groups, product and distribution teams to generate new product ideas and solutions to meet the needs of the firm’s institutional and retail clients in the region.

George spent over 10 years at Columbia Threadneedle where he held various positions including serving as Specialist Sales for Switzerland and the UK; and Client Portfolio Manager, Alternatives. Prior to that, he worked for ABN AMRO Asset Management and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with honours in Economics from the University of Birmingham. He is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Chapter Executive.

Vivek Kudva commented: “I am delighted to welcome George on board and look forward to working closely with him. He brings over 18 years’ experience in the asset management industry combining sales, relationship management, product development and leadership skills which will be greatly additive as we further develop our alternative business in the EMEA region.”

Franklin Templeton’s alternatives capabilities include private equity, hedge, commodities, real estate, infrastructure and venture capital strategies from Darby Overseas Investments, Franklin Real Asset Advisors, Franklin Venture Partners, K2 Advisors, Pelagos Capital Management, Templeton Global Macro and Templeton Private Equity Partners.

Contacts:

Saira Khan
Corporate Communications Manager
Franklin Templeton Investments
Cannon Place, 78 Cannon Street
London EC4N 6HL


Tel: 0207 073 8644
Email: saira.khan@franklintempleton.co.uk

Dorine Johnson
Head of Corporate Communications Europe
Franklin Templeton Investments
Cannon Place, 78 Cannon Street
London EC4N 6HL


Tel: 0207 073 8538
Email: dorine.johnson@franklintempleton.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 170 countries. Through specialized teams, the company has expertise across all asset classes—including equity, fixed income, alternative and custom solutions. The company’s alternatives capabilities include private equity, hedge, commodities, real estate, infrastructure and venture capital strategies from Darby Overseas Investments, Franklin Real Asset Advisors, Franklin Venture Partners, K2 Advisors, Pelagos Capital Management, Templeton Global Macro and Templeton Private Equity Partners.

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