Effective December 31, 2016, Co-President Vijay C. Advani will be leaving Franklin Templeton to join TIAA Global Asset Management as president and chief operating officer. As a result of this change, current Co-President Jennifer M. Johnson will continue as president. There are no current plans to replace Advani’s co-president position.
Johnson, who has been with the firm for 28 years, has a proven track record of managing all major aspects of the business. She has worked in senior leadership positions since 1995 and was named co-president of Franklin Resources in 2015. Prior to that, Johnson served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2010, and has also previously served as the company’s chief information officer.
As president, Johnson’s responsibilities will include overseeing all divisions of the business with the exception of Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Corporate Communications and Templeton Global Macro, which will report to the CEO and Chairman, Greg Johnson. Johnson will work closely with her fellow Executive Committee members, including Greg Johnson, Ken Lewis, chief financial officer, Craig Tyle, general counsel, and the company’s three investment heads: Michael Hasenstab, chief investment officer of Templeton Global Macro, Chris Molumphy, chief investment officer of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, and Ed Perks, chief investment officer of Franklin Templeton Equity. The Executive Committee is comprised of seasoned individuals, each with over two decades of industry experience and more than a decade with the firm.
According to a press release, Franklin Templeton, "as a firm, we are committed to ensuring continuity of our services and remain focused on our goal of delivering competitive and consistent results for our shareholders and clients around the world." And promises to communicate any additional updates regarding this matter in a timely manner.