Franklin Templeton Announces New Hires

July 19, 2011 ( - Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Strategies (FTMAS) has announced the hire of five new investment professionals to the platform’s global tactical asset allocation (GTAA) group.

Todd Saunders, senior GTAA portfolio strategist, Alexander Hug, portfolio strategy analyst, Victoria Quach, Billy Tran and Cindy Wu, all quantitative research analysts, recently joined the group and report to Samer Habl, managing director of GTAA. FTMAS now has a total of 22 investment professionals, nine of whom are CFA Charterholders, managing a broad array of investment strategies globally.

“FTMAS has assembled a team with over 25 years of experience providing dedicated asset allocation solutions to our clients,” said Brent Smith, CFA, chief investment officer of FTMAS, in the announcement. “With an experienced GTAA team led by Samer Habl now in place, we’re confident we can offer some compelling new investment capabilities to investors worldwide.”


-Sara Kelly