Jenny Johnson is president and chief executive officer of Franklin Resources, Inc. As president and CEO, Ms. Johnson is responsible for the operation of all aspects of the business, and she will set long-range strategic objectives and drive corporate priorities.
Previously, Ms. Johnson held the role of chief operating officer; overseeing the majority of investment management and all related investment management support services. She was also responsible for Franklin Templeton's global retail and institutional distribution efforts, including product development. In addition, Ms. Johnson oversaw client service, fund administration, global technology, and the company's high net worth business, Fiduciary Trust Company International. She remains a member of Franklin Resources' executive committee, a small group of the company's top leaders responsible for shaping the firm's overall strategy. She joined the company in 1988.
In 2014, Ms. Johnson was one of ten executives named to Money Management Executive's inaugural list of Top Women in Asset Management and was chosen by her peers as one of Ignites.com's Most Influential Women in Fund Management. Ms. Johnson received the 2012 Robert L. Gould Award presented by global investment management association NICSA, recognizing outstanding achievement in helping the mutual fund industry better serve investors through customer service, thought leadership and technology. In 2010 and 2011, she was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area business.
Ms. Johnson earned her B.A. in economics from the University of California at Davis. She is a board member of Riva Financial Systems. She is also a trustee at Crystal Springs Uplands School, and a board member of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
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).