New Appointments at Calif.-based ABD

Redwood City, Calif.-based ABD Insurance and Financial Services announced several new appointments.

Sam Jones will become president, Property/Casualty. Jones assumes responsibility for the company’s entire Property/Casualty practice throughout the Western U.S., including Branch Operations, Corporate Marketing, Association Services and Personal Lines. He previously held the position of president, Corporate Development.

Jones most recently led ABD’s initiatives related to building and strengthening relationships with parent company Greater Bay Bancorp, including cross-selling, corporate governance and business integration. Responsibilities also included oversight of IT, Compliance and Training and Development at ABD.

He is a member of ABD’s Presidents Council and serves on the Board of Directors. He joined ABD in 1993, expanding the company’s Petaluma office into the largest full service insurance brokerage in the North Bay.

Debora Karstetter has been appointed executive vice president, Corporate Development. Karstetter will serve as ABD’s chief liaison to parent company Greater Bay Bancorp, with executive responsibility for inter-company strategy, communication, cross-selling and marketing initiatives. She also will be responsible for developing and implementing cross-selling initiatives among and between all ABD divisions and locations.

Karstetter is a member of ABD’s Board of Directors, and previously served as executive vice president, Employee Benefits in ABD’s Redwood City Corporate headquarters. She has been with the company since 1997.

James McCabe has been appointed to executive vice president, Employee Benefits. He joins ABD from Marsh Inc. to lead the company’s Employee Benefits Division in Redwood City, which has nearly 100 employees serving more than 2,000 clients in Silicon Valley, the Greater Bay Area and across the Western United States.

Most recently, McCabe was managing director for Marsh Inc.’s Northern California’s Employee Benefits Division, running their San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose offices.