Franklin Templeton has appointed Spencer Seto to the newly created role of head of North Asia, institutional business, reporting to Tariq Ahmad, head of Asia-Pacific at Franklin Templeton.
In his new role, Seto, who will be based in Hong Kong, will have regional responsibilities to lead the firm’s institutional sales, consultant and client relationship efforts in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. Alan Young, head of institutional business, Greater China at Franklin Templeton and Tay Kim, president and CEO of Franklin Templeton Korea will form part of Seto’s team.
Seto brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a proven track record of building and managing high-performing sales teams in the region. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Seto was the head of institutional sales, Asia ex-Japan, at Janus Henderson. He has also held senior sales roles at PGIM, State Street Global Advisors and HSBC Global Asset Management.
“Seto will foster collaboration across our teams and capitalize on the synergies in our regional business,” Ahmad says. “His extensive experience, deep understanding of the North Asian institutional market, coupled with his multilingual capabilities will be instrumental, as we look to further strengthen our business in this region.”