John Hennessy promoted to head CNA Europe

CNA has announced that John Hennessy is to become chief executive of CNA’s European operations.

The global insurer said its strategy is to grow its international operations, starting with CNA Europe.

“CNA is strongly committed to the European market,” said Tom Motamed, chairman and chief executive officer, CNA. “We plan to expand our geographic footprint by further developing our European business.

“John’s strong underwriting and field experience as well as his expertise in managing distribution, advancing an enterprise cross-sell discipline and establishing a visible, local presence in the marketplace make him well suited to successfully implement our strategy in Europe. In addition, his keen relationship building skills will be valuable assets as we expand our European distribution outlets.”

Hennessy joined CNA in 1982 as an underwriting trainee and assumed increasing responsibilities. During his 27-year career with CNA, he has served in multiple Home Office and Field leadership roles, including: Milwaukee branch manager; Central Region president; senior vice president for casualty underwriting and middle market; and, most recently, senior vice president of distribution management.