Manraj S. Sekhon will become Franklin Templeton Investments’ new chief investment officer (CIO) of emerging markets equity on Feb. 9, the firm announced Wednesday.

Sekhon will oversee the emerging markets equity teams across the organization and report to head of equities Stephen Dover, a press release said.

Sekhon has managed portfolios on behalf of pension plans, sovereign wealth, endowments, insurance, family offices and private wealth clients, the firm said in the release.

Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, he was the chief executive, CIO and director of Fullerton Fund Management, a Singapore-based asset manager. Before that, he served as director and head of international equities at Henderson Global Investors.

Sekhon will oversee Franklin Templeton’s more than 80 experienced emerging markets equity investment professionals based in 20 offices around the world and representing more than $45 billion in assets under management, the release said.

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