Arch Insurance International (Arch) has appointed Kirsten Valder as new Chief Administrative Officer and Jason Kittinger as new Chief Operating Officer effective June 30, 2021.
Valder has been the insurer’s chief claims officer since 2015. Prior to joining Arch, she was a partner at Kennedys Law LLP. In her new role, her area of responsibility includes claims, law, personnel, compliance and risks.
Kittinger is now a very experienced Chief Financial Officer who has been with Arch since 2006. As the new Chief Operating Officer, he will oversee the company’s finance, operations, facilities and procurement. He will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer.
Commenting on key appointments, Hugh Sturgess, Chief Executive Officer and President of Arch said, “At Arch, the strength of our teams and the caliber of our people, combined with proactive succession planning, enable seamless transitions. Kirsten and Jason are outstanding practitioners in their respective fields, and their years of experience will be critical to success in their new roles. “
These recent appointments are part of Arch’s long-term succession planning. Dennis Brand, the current Chief Operating Officer at Arch, who has 40 years of insurance experience and has been with the company for 17 years, announced that he will be stepping down from his position, but in an advisory capacity Function in the company will remain.
Speaking of Brand’s time at Arch, Sturgess said, “Dennis has been an integral part of Arch’s successes over the past 17 years and has helped lay the foundations on which our future growth is assured. We thank him for his incredible contribution to the role of COO. “