Pitcairn’s first female CEO recognized for three decades of leadership and commitment to the wealth management industry
Jenkintown, PA (February 9, 2024) – Pitcairn, a leading family office that recently celebrated its 100th-anniversary serving ultra-high-net-worth families, is pleased to announce that Leslie Voth, the former chairman and CEO of the Pitcairn Trust Co., was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2024 Private Asset Management Awards ceremony held in New York City on February 8, 2024. This prestigious honor is given annually to a financial services professional who has defined the spirit of the wealth management sector through their professional work over the course of their career.
“Leslie Voth is a visionary leader who was at the helm of the transformation of Pitcairn from a single-family office into an industry-leading multifamily office serving more than 125 families,” said Andrew L. Busser, Pitcairn’s President & CEO. “Her tenure witnessed a paradigm shift, marked by a commitment to viewing the firm’s client families as people and not solely as investment portfolios. She has been a tireless advocate for the families we serve and for the evolution of the family office space. This award is truly well-deserved and all of us here at Pitcairn offer Leslie our heartfelt congratulations.”
As Pitcairn’s first woman CEO and first non-family chairman of the board, Voth's impact on the firm and the industry as a whole has been profound. A seasoned industry professional, she harnessed her more than three decades of extensive experience, invaluable insights, and fearless leadership skills to contribute significantly to the enduring growth of the firm and the prosperity of its multigenerational client families.
Until her retirement at the end of 2023, Voth served as Pitcairn's CEO and President for 11 years where she played a pivotal role in shaping the organization's distinctive learning-driven culture. Under her guidance, Pitcairn successfully implemented a groundbreaking 100% open architecture investment platform and pioneered a comprehensive total wealth management strategy that became a cornerstone for client success.
“I am both honored and humbled by this lifetime achievement recognition from the PAM Awards,” said Voth. “Throughout my leadership journey, I worked to drive change by forging relationships with colleagues and external thought leaders, including other trusted women advisors. Because my goal was always to build consensus, I saw that by “co-leading” in partnership with male allies and mentors I would be best positioned to help evolve Pitcairn’s people and culture. One of the things I am most proud of during my career is the strong and resilient organizational culture we built at Pitcairn.”
Throughout her career, Voth also made it a priority to mentor and advance other women within the organization, several of whom went on to hold leadership roles elsewhere in the family office industry, increasing the representation of women leaders in wealth management.
Central to Voth’s legacy was the introduction of Pitcairn’s Wealth Momentum® family office service model, a strategic initiative tailored to address the intricate interplay of family and financial dynamics. This innovative approach focuses on guiding families through pivotal moments such as liquidity events, generational transfers, and partnering with single-family offices. Beyond her professional achievements, Voth was a member of the Wigmore Association, a global collaboration of CEOs and CIOs from family offices across the globe. Her involvement in this esteemed group reflected her commitment to sharing views, research, and insights to enrich global perspectives and enhance business models and investment processes.