Franklin Templeton announces two new gatekeeper roles

Franklin Templeton Investments has appointed Andrew Ashton and Dennis Rothe to new roles overseeing consultant/gatekeeper relations and investment research for the company’s International Advisory Services and North America Advisory Services divisions, respectively. Both Ashton and Rothe have worked at Franklin Templeton for 15 years.

As head of the Consultant and Research Group – International, Ashton will focus on Franklin Templeton’s global consulting partners and cross-border financial institutions outside of North America, working with Franklin Templeton distribution teams across its international offices. He was senior director for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa and from August will report to Jed Plafker, president of Franklin Templeton International and head of International Advisory Services.

Ashton will work closely with Dennis Rothe, head of Consultant and Research Group – North America. Earlier this year, he was appointed to an expanded role overseeing consultant relations and investment research for broker-dealers, retirement platforms and insurance companies across North America.

Rothe reports to Peter Jones, president of Franklin Templeton Distributors, and Franklin Templeton Institutional; Jones has overall responsibility for the North American Advisory Services division.

Plafker said: “With the increasing complexity and globalization of our business, and the ongoing importance of institutional and gatekeeper driven business, it is essential that we continue to meet the evolving needs of global consultants, global distributors, broker-dealers and retirement platforms.”

Jones added: “Gatekeepers and consultants are leading indicators of product demand and the conduit to shareholders and clients. In their new roles, Andrew, Dennis and their teams are uniquely positioned to monitor the product landscape, further raise awareness of Franklin Templeton’s diverse global product offerings, and leverage best practices across the institutional and retail markets.” 

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