Franklin Templeton Investments has named Andrew Ashton and Dennis Rothe to new roles overseeing consultant/gatekeeper relations and investment research for the company’s International Advisory Services and North America Advisory Services divisions, respectively.

In his new role as head of Consultant and Research Group – International, Ashton will focus on Franklin Templeton’s global consulting partners and cross-border financial institutions outside of North America.

Ashton will work closely with Rothe, head of Consultant and Research Group – North America, who earlier this year was appointed to an expanded role overseeing consultant relations and investment research for broker-dealers, retirement platforms and insurance companies across North America.

Rothe reports to Peter Jones, president of Franklin Templeton Distributors, Inc. and Franklin Templeton Institutional, LLC; Jones has overall responsibility for the North American Advisory Services division.

“Gatekeepers and consultants are leading indicators of product demand and the conduit to shareholders and clients,” stated Jones. “In their new roles, Andrew, Dennis and their teams are uniquely positioned to monitor the product landscape, further raise awareness of Franklin Templeton’s diverse global product offerings, and leverage best practices across the institutional and retail markets.”

Hung Tran writes for Money Management Executive.