6 March 2017Insurance

CNA's chief of European operations moves to a new role

CNA, a US-based commercial insurance provider, has appointed John Hennessy as senior vice president of sales and distribution with effect from April 3.

Hennessy returns to this role after leading CNA's European operations for five years and Canadian operations for three years.

In the new role, Hennessy will be tasked to advance company's distribution strategy and position in the market. He will report to the president of worldwide field operations Tim Szerlong.

Hennessy most recently held the roles of chief executive of CNA Europe and president and chief operating officer of CNA Canada, where he was responsible for the operations' strategic direction and operational performance. He joined the company in 1982 and has served in several leadership roles.

Szerlong said: "I am confident his knowledge of both domestic and global markets, coupled with his strong underwriting, strategic and operational experience, will accelerate our continued focus on developing an effective sales culture, which is critical in building a stronger market position."

Hennessy added: "I am excited to continue building a world-class sales and distribution team to help optimize mutually profitable growth for CNA with our distribution channels. I am equally pleased to be returning to Chicago where I started my insurance career at CNA as an underwriter trainee."

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