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20-22 October 2021
The Grimaldi ForumMonaco

Julian Ide
Head of EMEA Distribution at Franklin Templeton


Julian Ide was appointed Head of EMEA Distribution on 1 August 2020 further to Franklin Templeton’s acquisition of Legg Mason. In his capacity, he is responsible for providing strategic direction, vision and leadership to the firm’s thriving retail and institutional distribution business in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), a key region for the firm which manages over $148 billion in AUM on behalf of EMEA clients with on-the-ground presence in 19 countries.

In addition, Julian is CEO of Martin Currie since he took over from Willie Watt in February 2019. He is also Executive Director of Martin Currie (Holdings) Limited Board and Chair of the Martin Currie Executive Committee. Based in Edinburgh, he joined Martin Currie in May 2018 as Head of Distribution and Strategy where he was responsible for further broadening the group’s global distribution capability across geographies and products.

Julian has over 25 years’ experience in the asset management industry including as CEO of Source (one of the largest independent ETF providers in Europe, sold to Invesco in 2017), and Old Mutual Global Investors, which was one of the fastest-growing asset managers in the UK. He also held senior roles at several other firms, including Credit Suisse and ABN AMRO. Prior to his time in asset management he worked in corporate finance, at Morgan Grenfell (now Deutsche Bank). He gained a deep knowledge of international markets, having lived and worked across Europe and Asia.

At Franklin Templeton, he is the regional sponsor of the Ethnicity Business Resource Group (BRG), an employee network supporting the BAME community. Beyond the firm, Julian is a trustee of Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, a medical research charity as well as an advisory board member of AMX, Willis Towers Watson, a multi-asset institutional technology platform delivering cost and operational efficiencies.

Julian began his career as a lawyer where he worked in private practice for three years. He studied law at University of Cambridge and has an LLB from Guildford Law School.

Agenda Sessions

  • The cross-border distribution landscape - the road ahead