Franklin Templeton Investments Australia recently executed a senior distribution hire and flagged the opportunity to further expand its team in the local market.
Vivian Sun is moving to Franklin Templeton Investments Australia as a senior director of institutional business.
Sun will be based in Melbourne and responsible for managing and building the firm's relationships with institutional investors in Australia and New Zealand. Sun has held roles at Mercer, Neuberger Berman, and Western Asset Management.
In her most recent role she was Neuberger Berman's vice president, institutional business, and institutional business sales executive. Spending two years at the firm, she was responsible for business development with institutional investors and consultants across the firm's institutional capabilities.
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Prior to this, she led institutional business at Western Asset Management, representing the firm's broad range of local and global fixed income strategies.
She also worked as an investment consultant with Mercer Investment Consulting in Sydney and Melbourne for six years.
Franklin Templeton Investments Australia managing director Matthew Harrison said: "Vivian's depth of relationships in the institutional market with both asset owners and consultants, and her broad experience across asset classes will be invaluable as we continue to build our institutional business in Australia and New Zealand."
"We plan to further augment both our institutional and retail advisory distribution teams in the coming months, as we seek to best position our business for growth and add further capabilities to our Australian team," Harrison said.
On July 8, Legg Mason announced it had hired Franklin Templeton's insto sales director Christina Manonian.