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Adventist Risk Management Names New President

By Paula L. Webber

The board of Adventist Risk Management, Inc., (ARM), appointed Robert E. Kyte to serve as the new president to lead the organization. This announcement comes weeks after the unexpected passing of former president, Robert L. Sweezey. Kyte, former general counsel for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Md., accepted the position.

Robert Lemon, chair of ARM’s board says, “We are excited about Kyte’s appointment and his willingness to serve the church in this capacity. He is a team player and someone who enjoys bringing people together to accomplish great things. His leadership style is inclusive and his knowledge of the church and how things can be done is refreshing. We look forward what he will bring to ARM.”

In May 2009, Kyte resigned from his position as general counsel for the world church, a position he held for four years. He then relocated to Boise, Idaho, to serve as general counsel for Healthwise, Inc., a nonprofit consumer health information company.

During his tenure at the church’s world headquarters, Kyte was involved with every entity of the church, including ARM. He conducted extensive training to assist in prevention of legal problems, risk and liability, and in settling disputes for church organizations. He brought significant levels of work from outside counsel into the Office of General Counsel, reducing the legal costs by more than $1 million dollars. He implemented improved processes to reduce work turnaround time and provided active involvement in the review and redrafting of working polices for the church.

Prior to his work at the world church, Kyte was president, chief executive officer, and general counsel for Pacific Press Publishing Association in Idaho from 1989 to 2005. During his tenure as president, the organization had a five-fold increase of profits, the financial status transformed from high debt to debt-free with investments as a result of capital, cash flow, and asset management. He also reorganized internal functions with product teams focused on marketing and customer service, and he helped enhanced global marketing efforts through consultation and agreements with church publishing organizations in Australia, Central and South America, Europe, and Africa.

Kyte spent more than 25 years working for Pacific Press, starting out in the retail division and moving into corporate sales and marketing. He was part of the team that led in the relocation of the company from California to Idaho in 1984. After a few years of law school, and practicing law at Skinner Fawcett Law Offices, Kyte returned to Pacific Press and advanced in leadership positions.

A graduate of Walla Walla College (now Walla Walla University), Kyte received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management and marketing. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1989 from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Ore. He is a member of the Idaho State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, The United States District Court for the District of Idaho, The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the American Bar Association.

“With his background in legal and business models,” says Mike Jamieson, vice president and CFO for ARM, “Kyte will be a great asset to our company. He is a visionary and seeks to empower others to work for a common cause. I believe he will foster a collaborative work environment. It will be an exciting time for ARM.”