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EM veteran Hardenberg resigns from Franklin Templeton

EM veteran Hardenberg resigns from Franklin Templeton

Emerging Markets veteran Carlos Hardenberg has resigned from Franklin Templeton Investment Management.

The move comes shortly after Mark Mobius’ decision to step down and retire after more than 30 years with the company.

As a result, Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust (TEMIT) will be taken over by Chetan Sehgal, senior managing director and director of portfolio management who oversees the global emerging markets strategy at Franklin Templeton.

Hardenberg (pictured), who has been at Franklin Templeton since 2002, will continue as a portfolio manager for TEMIT until 31 March.

In addition to TEMIT, Hardenberg has been the manager on the Templeton Emerging Markets, Global Emerging Markets and BRIC funds. 

Paul Manduca, chairman of TEMIT, commented: 'We believe that the appointment of Chetan Sehgal as lead portfolio manager will continue the strong Templeton legacy and will position the company well for the future, particularly as he has been directing Templeton’s global emerging markets strategy since October 2015.

'The company’s performance continues to be strong over the last two years and the board looks forward to working with Chetan and his team. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Carlos Hardenberg for his contribution to the company over the past few years.’

Stephen Dover, head of equities at Franklin Templeton, added: ‘Chetan is a veteran emerging markets investor and this appointment recognizes his significant contribution to TEMIT and his leadership across our emerging markets strategies. While we periodically make changes to portfolio management assignments, our emerging markets strategy and approach has remained true to the legacy of Sir John Templeton and the time-tested Templeton investment philosophy of bottom up, long-term, value oriented emerging markets investing.’

Chetan, the 22-year veteran of EM investing, will be supported by a team of over 80 across 20 offices around the world. He had been working with Hardenberg for the last two years as a portfolio manager and senior research analyst.

The firm said that Hardenberg has left to pursue other opportunities. 

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