Franklin Templeton Snatches Ahmed From Columbia Funds

August 4, 2009 ( - Franklin Templeton Investments has lured Yaqub Ahmed from his post at Columbia Funds.

Ahmed will join the firm as Investment-Only Division Head, responsible for defined contribution (DC) and variable annuity (VA) investment-only (IO) sales platforms. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, Ahmed will report to Robert Geppner, senior vice president and national sales manager for U.S. Advisory Services. He will lead a dedicated team of wholesalers focusing on the IO business, according to the announcement.

Ahmed, who has over 15 years of experience in financial services, most recently served as managing director and national sales manager for Columbia Management’s investment-only division. Prior to that, he was managing director and national sales manager for Trustar Retirement Services, Inc. and has held positions at MFS Retirement Services, Inc. and Pruco Securities, Inc.

“Franklin Templeton is committed to strengthening its presence in the DC and VA investment-only businesses,” said Geppner. “Yaqub Ahmed brings a tremendous amount of experience to his new role and will leverage Franklin Templeton’s strength in these growing markets.”

Franklin Templeton manages approximately $45 billion in DC and VA assets, according to the announcement. The San Mateo, California-based firm A-based company has more than 60 years of investment experience and over $451 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2009. For more information, please call (800) DIAL BEN? or visit