Gregory E. Johnson – Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Franklin Resources, Inc. – Email Address

Greg Johnson is chairman, Chief Executive Officer and president of Franklin Resources, Inc. He is also chairman of the board of Franklin Templeton Distributors, Inc., president of Franklin Investment Advisory, LLC and vice president of Franklin Advisers, Inc. In addition, Mr. Johnson serves on Fiduciary Trust Company International's Board of Directors and is a member of a number of Franklin Templeton's international fund boards.

Mr. Johnson joined Franklin in 1986, after working as a senior accountant for Coopers Lybrand. He has served as president of Franklin Templeton Distributors, Inc., president of FT Trust Company, co-manager of Franklin Income Fund and Franklin Utilities Fund and as an investment analyst.

Mr. Johnson earned his B.S. in accounting and business administration in 1983 from Washington and Lee University and his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate in 1985. He is the past vice-chairman of the Mutual Fund Forum, is the past chairman of the Western district of the Securities Industry Association and is a past president of the San Francisco Bond Club. Mr. Johnson is a board member of Command Audio Corporation, Jumpstart and the San Francisco Symphony. He is also a member of the Investment Company Institute's Board of Governors.

Franklin Resources Inc. is an American holding company that, together with its subsidiaries, is referred to as Franklin Templeton Investments; it is a global investment firm originally founded in New York in 1947 as Franklin Distributors, Inc. It is listed on the NYSE under the ticker BEN, in honor of Benjamin Franklin, who was admired by founder Rupert Johnson, Sr. In 1973 the company's headquarters moved from New York to San Mateo, California. Today, Franklin Templeton Investments is one of the world's largest asset management groups with over US$844.7 billion in assets under management (AUM) on behalf of over 25 million private, professional and institutional investors, as at September 30, 2013, up $29.7 billion or 4% during the 4th quarter (FY 2013).

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