Jinde Guo will join the John Templeton Foundation as senior managing director of investments, effective March 15.
The position, a new one for the $1.6 billion, West Conshohocken, Pa.-based foundation, was created “based upon the long-term investment planning guidelines of our founder, Sir John Templeton,” wrote Valerie K. Martin, the foundation's chief financial officer, in an e-mailed response to questions.
According to an e-mail message from Ms. Guo obtained by P&I Daily, Mr. Templeton, a pioneer of global investing, ran the investment program from the foundation's establishment in 1987 until his death in July 2008. “My position is newly created to carry on the investment program. I will be the only investment staff at the foundation,” according to Ms. Guo's e-mail.
Ms. Guo previously served as a managing director with the $5 billion David & Lucile Packard Foundation, between November 2008 and February 2009. Prior to that, she worked with the MacArthur Foundation for 19 years, serving as managing director, international, at the time of her departure.
Ms. Guo couldn’t be reached immediately for further comment.