Jenny Johnson is president and chief executive officer of Franklin Templeton. She joined the firm in 1988 and held leadership roles in all major divisions of the business, including investment management, distribution, customer service, fund administration, technology, and high-net-worth, before becoming CEO in February 2020. She led the historic acquisition of Legg Mason in 2020, with the newly-combined organization managing $1.5 trillion in assets globally.
Ms. Johnson was named to Barron’s list of the 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance in 2020 and 2021, and was named 2021 Woman of the Year by Financial Women of San Francisco. She has been named one of Money Management Executive’s Top Women in Asset Management and was chosen by her peers as one of Ignites’ Most Influential Women in Fund Management. Ms. Johnson is a recipient of the NICSA Robert L. Gould Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in helping the mutual fund industry better serve investors through customer service, thought leadership and technology. Ms. Johnson is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, most notably on the topics of leadership, financial industry developments, diversity & inclusion, and innovation.
Ms. Johnson earned her B.A. in economics from the University of California at Davis. She is a board member of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, JMT Wilderness Conservancy, and the Carolands Foundation, and a trustee at Crystal Springs Uplands School. Ms. Johnson also serves as an advisor to Shatter Fund LLC, a venture capital firm focused on investing in technology companies led and founded by female entrepreneurs. In addition, she is a member of the NYSE Board Advisory Council, which identifies and connects diverse board candidates to NYSE-listed companies seeking new directors.