In a conference call Thursday morning, Boston-based Putnam Investments announced that Robert L. "Bob" Reynolds will succeed Charles E. "Ed" Haldeman to become the firm's president and chief executive officer. Haldeman plans to stay on board and will take on a new role as the chairman of Putnam Investment Management, LLC.

While this changing of the guards may seem odd in timing, Haldeman said that he has been preparing for a transition ever since Montreal's Power Financial bought Putnam in early 2007.

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