Franklin Templeton expands EM equity team

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Franklin Templeton expands EM equity team

Franklin Templeton Investments has appointed Jason Zhu Guoqing as managing director and director of Portfolio Management - China within Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity's (FTEME) investment team, and Yu-Jen Shih as portfolio manager and deputy director of Research for FTEME, with a focus on portfolio management in Asia. 

Zhu Guoqing will be based in Franklin Templeton's Shanghai office, and Shih will be based in Singapore. Both will report to Sukumar Rajah, senior managing director and director of Portfolio Management for FTEME, with Shih also working closely with Tek Khoan Ong, director of Research for FTEME.

With over 20 years of Chinese equity investment experience, Zhu Guoqing will assume research and portfolio management responsibilities for China A-shares. He joins from Fullerton Fund Management where he was director of Investment and head of China Equity, leading its equity team in Shanghai. He oversaw the QFII and RQFII mandates. Previously, he spent a decade at Franklin Templeton Sealand Fund Management where he last served as the head of Equity Investment. 

Shih brings over two decades of global and Asia investment experience and will be a portfolio manager with a focus on Asia. Additionally, as deputy director of Research, he will support the consistency and robustness of FTEME's research process and the ongoing development of timely, high quality investment ideas by its analyst team. He joins from Fullerton Fund Management in Singapore where he was responsible for various equity funds and was the lead manager of several Asia-focused equity funds. Previously, he was an equity portfolio manager at Henderson Global Investors and at Baring Asset Management, based in London.