Franklin Templeton hires alternatives specialist from Future Fund

Franklin Templeton FMOTY Future Fund Alternatives

31 July 2023
| By Laura Dew |
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Franklin Templeton has hired a senior alternatives specialist from Future Fund.

Chenelle de Rozario Harding has joined the asset manager as a senior alternatives specialist based in Melbourne.

She joins from sovereign wealth fund, Future Fund, where she worked for 14 years in analyst positions on the alternatives team.

Franklin Templeton managing director and head of Australia and New Zealand, Felicity Walsh, said: “This appointment dovetails into our strategy to continue to expand Franklin Templeton’s alternative investment footprint in the Australian market to meet growing investor demand for greater portfolio diversification.

“Chenelle’s deep understanding of how allocators make decisions related to alternative investments for their portfolios allows us to have peer-level discussions with large asset owners in our market. Her strong relationships across the Australian and New Zealand institutional market are going to be invaluable to our team.”

Harding commented: “I look forward to working with the broader Franklin Templeton team to meet institutional and sophisticated investors’ demand for alternatives.

“Franklin Templeton is able to offer a full suite of alternative capabilities that includes private equity and venture capital, real estate, private credit and hedged strategies, many of which are customised to suit specific client requirements.”

Franklin Templeton was named as Fund Manager of the Year at Money Management’s Fund Manager of the Year Awards in June.

It offers a wide range of strategies to Australian investors, which it has been serving for 35 years, including managed funds and active ETFs across equity, fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives. The firm also works with numerous affiliate firms, including Brandywine Global, Martin Currie and Western Asset, several of which were also finalists at this year’s awards.

The firm’s ClearBridge RARE Infrastructure Value Fund (Unhedged) won the 2023 Infrastructure Fund of the Year award.

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