Cihan Kasikara based in Short Hills New Jersey serves as the Vice President and the Head of Global Trade Services for Franklin Templeton Services, LLC. His main responsibility is to supply Middle Office Support and Client Services, Trade Operations and Settlements, and Derivatives & Foreign Exchange Services & Support to Franklin Templeton Investments and its clients. He oversees the Global Trade Services teams in 16 different global locations where the teams’ responsibilities include all aspects of the investment and trade operations support and client service to Franklin Templeton Investments including fund and adviser level reporting, trade operations & settlements, trade break resolutions, custodian bank and prime broker account and relationship management, collateral management, and also maintain relationships with the traders, sector analysts, portfolio managers and internal FTS clients.
In 2001, Mr. Kasikara joined Franklin Templeton Investments’ Global Trade Services and Settlements team in Fort Lauderdale and relocated to Short Hills in 2006. He has led multiple strategic initiatives including Liquid Alternatives and Solutions business operational implementation, FT LibertyQ ETF Platform Development and Launch, internal design and global implementation of Continuous Link Settlement (CLS) for Foreign Exchange settlement and integration of Central Trade Manager for Franklin Templeton Investments.
Prior to joining the Franklin Templeton Investments in 2001, Mr. Kasikara was employed as a broker by Northwestern Mutual Financial Services in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he received his Series 6 and Variable Insurance Licenses. College studies include Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Finance from Florida Atlantic University and Executive MBA from Regis University.