Franklin Templeton has appointed Tariq Ahmad as head of Asia distribution. Since 2017, he had served as a leader of Brandywine Global Investment Management (Brandywine Global), a specialist investment manager of Franklin Templeton.
In his new role with Franklin Templeton, Ahmad will be responsible for executive oversight of sales, marketing and product strategy efforts across Asia (excluding Japan, India and mainland China). He will provide strategic direction on product innovation and customized investment solutions to cater to shifting client needs in the region. He will also continue to support distribution efforts to deepen and enhance relationships with key Asian retail and institutional clients.
Ahmad previously served as director, head of Asia and chief executive officer of Brandywine Global Investment Management (Asia) Pte. Ltd. At Brandywine Global (Asia), he was responsible for establishing, maintaining and enhancing relationships with clients and consultants based in Asia. He has more than 18 years of industry experience, with a successful track record of leading investment businesses in Asia.
Based in Singapore, Ahmad will report to Vivek Kudva, head of APAC distribution. Kudva will continue to provide overall strategic direction and focus on growing, consolidating and diversifying Franklin Templeton’s business by geography, client type and strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.
Ahmad’s current role as CEO of Brandywine Global (Asia) will be assumed by John Tsao, director at Brandywine Global and former CEO of Brandywine Global (Asia). Ahmad will continue in an advisory role with Brandywine Global to ensure continuity.