Columbia Threadneedle appoints new Middle East head

Columbia Threadneedle has poached a Franklin Templeton investment director to head up its operations in the Middle East.

Edwin Lawrence will be responsible for managing client relationships and overseeing all global equities, fixed income and alternatives products.

Based in Dubai, he will report to Michael Housden, Head of Columbia Threadneedle’s institutional distribution business in Emea.

Lawrence previously spent 13 years at Franklin Templeton, rising to the position of director of institutional sales for the Middle East.

The appointment coincides with the 10 year anniversary of Columbia’s Dubai office opening and, said Housden, reflects the global asset manager’s “ambition to continue to grow our business” in the region.

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