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Franklin Templeton adds to EM debt opportunities team

New hire joins from First State Investments


Kirsten Hastings

Joanna Woods has been named vice president and portfolio manager within the Franklin Emerging Market Debt Opportunities team.

Joanna Woods

She joined the firm on 7 September and will be based in London.

Woods reports to Nicholas Hardingham, senior vice president and portfolio manager, who leads the team.

Described by Franklin Templeton as a “keen ESG advocate”, she brings with her “extensive knowledge of the Latin American, Mena and Asian markets”.

Prior to joining, Woods was an EM debt portfolio manager at First State Investments (FSI).

Further changes

In addition to the appointment of Woods; Carlos Ortiz, vice president and research analyst, has been brought into the EM debt opportunities team.

Ortiz was previously a member of the wider Franklin Templeton fixed income team, having joined the firm in 2015.

In his latest role, he will be providing additional coverage on select Latin American issuers; drawing upon his background in economics and experience in EM from previous roles prior to joining Franklin Templeton.