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Arch unveils leadership team promotions

Valder will oversee claims, legal, human resources, compliance and risk, while Kittinger will oversee the areas of finance, operations, facilities and procurement

Arch Insurance International has announced the promotion of Kirsten Valder to chief administrative officer and Jason Kittinger to chief operating officer, with their new roles effective 30 June.

Following her promotion, Valder will oversee claims, legal, human resources, compliance and risk, while Kittinger will oversee the areas of finance, operations, facilities and procurement. He will also continue in his current role as chief financial officer. 

Valder held the position of chief claims officer since 2015. Prior to joining the group, she was a partner at Kennedys Law LLP. Kittinger meanwhile is a “highly experienced” chief financial officer who joined Arch in 2006. 

The promotions form part of Arch’s long-term succession planning, according to the group. Dennis Brand, current chief operating officer, will be stepping back from the position but will remain with the company in an advisory role. He joined Arch 17 years ago and has over 40 years’ experience within the insurance industry.

Commenting on the promotions, Hugh Sturgess, president and CEO of Arch Insurance International, said: “At Arch, the strength of our teams and calibre of individuals, combined with proactive succession planning, enables seamless transitions. 

“Kirsten and Jason are standout practitioners in their respective fields and their depth of experience will be central to success in their new roles. Dennis has been an integral part of Arch’s achievements over the last 17 years, helping build the foundations upon which our future growth is secured. We thank him for his incredible contribution to the role of COO.”

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