Kyte To Take Adventist Risk
Former Adventist Church counsel returns to denominational service
BY PAULA L. WEBBER, corporate communications director, Adventist Risk Management
obert E. Kyte, former general counsel for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, is returning to denominational service as the new president of Adventist Risk Management. His appointment was announced Dec. 3, 2009, and Kyte is expected to take up his position in the first quarter of 2010.
Robert E. Lemon, General Conference treasurer and chairman of ARM’s board says, “We are excited about Bob 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 to what he will bring to ARM.”
Said Kyte, “The work of Adventist Risk Management and its affiliated insurance entities are a service to the Church to assist in protecting the resources of the Church for its mission. Beyond assuring legal compliance to avoid risk issues, ARM must strive to do the right thing in addressing claims and in helping to educate the Church as to the most effective ways to manage risk and prevent losses.”
In May 2009, Kyte resigned from his position as general counsel for the Seventh-day Adventist 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 General Conference, 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 one 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 in Silver Spring, Kyte was president, chief executive officer and general counsel for Pacific Press Publishing Association in Boise, Idaho, from 1989 to 2005. During his tenure as president, the organization had a five-fold increase of profits, its 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.
Kyte received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management and marketing from Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington. He later earned his Juris Doctor in 1989 from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. He is a member of the Idaho State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the bars of the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the American Bar Association.
“With his background in legal and business models,” says Mike Jamieson, ARM vice president and Chief Financial Officer, “Bob 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.”
-- With additional reporting by Adventist Review staff.