Franklin Templeton names Middle East regional head

Franklin Templeton Investments has promoted Sandeep Singh to be its new regional head for Central Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, based in Dubai. He replaces Adam Quaife, who is relocating to take on another role at the company.

Singh is charged with developing retail and institutional distribution across the region while keeping his existing job as head of the company’s Islamic finance business.

“While the Middle East in particular is home to some of the largest sovereign wealth funds, there is also a clear emerging retail distribution opportunity throughout the region,” said Vivek Kudva, managing director, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. Singh will report to Kudva, who is based in Mumbai.

Singh joined Franklin Templeton in 1998, when he was tasked with opening the firm’s eastern regional office in India. He later became the company’s national sales director for India. In 2009, Singh moved to Kuala Lumpur to open Franklin Templeton’s Malaysian office.

Based in California, Franklin Templeton had $720 billion under management at the end of 2016.

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