Arch Insurance International, which includes Arch’s insurance operations in Europe, Bermuda and Australia, has promoted Kirsten Valder to Chief Administrative Officer and Jason Kittinger to Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective June 30th, 2021.
The promotions of both Valder and Kittinger form part of the company’s long-term succession planning. Dennis Brand, current COO at Arch Insurance International, will be stepping down from the role but will remain with Arch in an advisory role.
Valder held the role of Chief Claims Officer since 2015 and prior to Arch was a Partner at Kennedys Law LLP. In her new role, Valder’s remit will span claims, legal, human resources, compliance and risk.
Kittinger, a highly experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who joined Arch in 2006, will continue in his current role as CFO while taking on the additional responsibilities of COO.
In this role, Kittinger will oversee the areas of finance, operations, facilities and procurement.
Hugh Sturgess, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Arch Insurance International, commented: “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.”