Franklin Templeton Investments has appointed Robert Richardson as senior vice president and North America spokesperson for the company's North America Advisory Services business, including the U.S. and Canada.

Richardson will report to Dan O'Lear, head of Retail Distribution-North America. He joined Franklin Templeton in 1995, most recently serving as a senior advisor consultant covering the greater Houston area.

"Through speaking engagements, seminars and multi-media forums, Rob will play a major role in working with advisors by sharing insights and tools that they can employ in helping their clients stay focused on their long-term goals and the financial plans they've created," stated O'Lear.