Insurance Business CNA reappoints executive to sales and distribution role

CNA reappoints executive to sales and distribution role Major insurance company CNA has announced an appointment for its sales and distribution arm.

John Hennessy will serve as senior vice-president for the division, effective April 03, 2017. He will report to CAN Worldwide Field Operations president Tim Szerlong.

Hennessy had previously served this role, returning after leading CNA’s European operations for five years and Canadian operations for three years, a release said.

As senior vice-president of sales and distribution, Hennessy “will advance CNA’s distribution strategy and better position the company in a rapidly changing distribution environment.”

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“During my travels, it has been clear that John has built strong relationships and is highly regarded in the industry,” 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.”

“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,” Hennessy commented. “I am equally pleased to be returning to Chicago where I started my insurance career at CNA as an underwriter trainee.”

Hennessy first joined CNA in 1982, starting a career that has spanned nearly 35 years. He has served in multiple home office and field leadership roles, which include Milwaukee branch manager; Central Region president; senior vice president for casualty underwriting and middle market; and senior vice president of distribution management. As mentioned earlier, he was most recently chief executive of CNA Europe and president and chief operating officer of CNA Canada.

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