Gail E. Cohen Named One of South Florida Business Journal’s ‘Influential Business Women’


BOCA RATON, FL—December 9, 2020—Fiduciary Trust International, a global wealth manager and wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Templeton, proudly announces that Gail E. Cohen, chair of its board of directors and general trust counsel, has been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the publication’s “Influential Business Women” for 2020.  

“Gail has distinguished herself as a widely respected leader in the field of wealth management, as well as a dedicated volunteer in the South Florida communities we serve,” said John M. Dowd, chief executive officer of Fiduciary Trust International. “She serves as a role model and leader for women in our own organization, and the industry as a whole. Gail is a fine ambassador for our team and a well-respected liaison between trust and estate professionals around the globe, and we congratulate her on receiving this award.” 

The South Florida Business Journal’s annual “Influential Business Women” awards recognize women in South Florida who demonstrate a strong record of leadership and innovation in their industries and are also actively involved in their communities.

Ms. Cohen, who is also chair of Fiduciary Trust International of the South, joined the firm in 1994 and has provided trust and estate services for clients and their families for more than 30 years. She works with Fiduciary Trust International professionals in offices across the country to help them meet the needs of multiple generations of clients and plays a leading role in driving the ongoing growth of the firm’s South Florida offices in Boca Raton and Coral Gables. Ms. Cohen was inducted into the Estate Planners Hall of Fame by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, and she chairs the fiduciary professionals’ editorial board for Trust & Estates magazine, the premier journal for estate planning practitioners. She is also the first and only woman to have served as chair of the New York Bankers Association and is a founding board member and former vice chair of the Gold Coast Florida chapter of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Ms. Cohen has spoken at numerous women’s forums about trust and estate planning, succession planning, assuming control of wealth after divorce or death of a spouse, financial rights and responsibilities of unmarried couples, and other relevant wealth management topics. She also continues to serve as a trusted advisor to many clients with whom she has worked throughout her tenure with Fiduciary Trust International.

“We are driven by our commitment to a holistic approach to wealth management, which gives our clients, and their families peace of mind,” said Ms. Cohen. “I am proud to be able to play a constructive role in furthering the benefits we can provide to our clients and our communities, and I thank the South Florida Business Journal for bestowing this honor.”  

Ms. Cohen is actively invested in supporting the communities of South Florida where Fiduciary Trust International’s professionals and clients live. In November 2018, she was appointed to the board of trustees of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Ms. Cohen also sits on the professional advisory committees for South Florida’s Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO) as well as the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Hospital for Special Surgery.

About Fiduciary Trust International

Fiduciary Trust International, a global wealth management firm headquartered in New York, NY, has served individuals, families, endowments, and foundations since 1931. With over $86 billion in assets under management and administration as of September 30, 2020, the firm specializes in strategic wealth planning, investment management and trust and estate services, as well as tax and custody services. The New York-based firm and its subsidiaries maintain offices in Coral Gables, FL, Boca Raton, FL, St. Petersburg, FL, Radnor, PA, Lincoln, MA, Los Angeles, CA, San Mateo, CA, San Francisco, CA, Washington, DC, Wilmington, DE, and Arlington, VA. For more information, please visit, and for the latest updates, follow Fiduciary Trust International on LinkedIn and Twitter: @FiduciaryTrust.

About Franklin Resources

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN], is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in over 165 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better outcomes through investment management expertise, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialist investment managers, the company brings extensive capabilities in equity, fixed income, multi-asset solutions and alternatives. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based company has over 70 years of investment experience and approximately $1.4 trillion in assets under management as of October 31, 2020. For more information, please visit and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


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