Franklin Templeton appoints head of global distribution
Franklin Templeton Investments has appointed Jed Plafker as executive vice president of Global Advisory Services, effective December 1.
In his new expanded role, Plafker will add responsibility for US distribution and global product strategy, uniting all of the firm’s global distribution functions under his leadership. Plafker will continue to report to Jenny Johnson and to be based at the firm’s headquarters in San Mateo, California.
Plafker has overseen international distribution for the firm since 2006, providing strategic direction on both retail and institutional distribution, and on product and new business development, across international regions. In addition to being a member of the product committee, which oversees product launches globally, Plafker has also headed global marketing, including the global data analytics group.
Plafker joined Franklin Templeton as a corporate attorney in 1994 and later served as chief legal counsel – Asia. In 2001, he moved to the distribution side of the business when he took on the role of country head in Hong Kong leading the country’s sales and marketing operations. In 2003, he relocated to Europe to become a managing director of Franklin Templeton’s international retail distribution, with responsibility for overseeing sales and marketing of the company’s products in Africa, the Middle East and parts of Europe. Thereafter, he relocated to Franklin Templeton‘s headquarters in the United States when he took on an expanded role overseeing all international business.