Franklin Templeton Investments named Sonal Desai as director of research for firm’s international bond unit.

She will broaden the group’s research efforts and work with its fixed income policy committee. Desai will be based in San Mateo, Calif. and report to Michael Hasenstab, senior vice president, co-director and portfolio managers for the international bond unit.

Desai was most recently with the global credit group at Thames River Capital in London. Prior to that, she was a director and senior economist with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in London, where she managed macroeconomic coverage of EMEA countries. She has also worked for WestLB and the International Monetary Fund.

Franklin Templeton's fixed income group is based in New York, San Mateo, Calif. and London and has a staff of more than 120 investment professionals.

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