ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss wealth and asset manager Pictet Group on Monday appointed Elif Aktug as managing partner, the first woman to hold that position in the private bank's 216-year history.
Francois Pictet will also become a managing partner from September pending regulatory approval for the two, which would expand the number of partners to nine, Geneva-based Pictet said in a statement.
The Pictet Group is a partnership of owner-managers, with principles of succession and transfer of ownership that have not changed since its foundation in 1805. It had 609 billion Swiss francs ($661.09 billion) under management or custody at the end of 2020.
Aktug has been with Pictet since 2011 as the lead fund manager of Pictet Asset Management's Agora, a 2.5 billion euro ($2.97 billion) European equity strategy. Prior to that, she was a managing director with Goldman Sachs in London.
Francois Pictet joined the firm in 2015 as part of the Pictet Investment Office, the ultra-high-net-worth investment arm of Pictet Wealth Management.
"We're delighted to welcome Elif and François to the Board of Partners, a step we've been planning since the end of 2020 to help manage the increased demands resulting from the strong growth of the firm," senior managing Partner Renaud de Planta said.
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(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Bernadette Baum)