Craig Blair is General Manager, Conducting Officer and Board Member of Franklin Templeton International Services, S.à r.l. (“FTIS”). Mr. Blair has worked in the global financial services industry for over 16 years, holding various responsibilities in the Luxembourg, UK, Irish, Eastern European and Brazilian asset management industries. As Head of FTIS, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the corporate entity and EU wide branch structure and leads a team of nine conducting officers that ensure management services and delegation oversight responsibilities are performed for a number of UCITS and Alternative Investment Funds. He has a broad knowledge of fund governance practices in open and closed end fund vehicles, including former experience as a designated person for an Irish self-managed investment company, as well as extensive experience of servicing boards and board committees of globally distributing SICAV and FTSE listed investment trust vehicles.
He currently also sits on the Board of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) and co-chairs the ALFI Management Company Technical Committee.