Our History

From its humble beginnings over 100 years ago to its position of leadership in the insurance industry today, CNA continues to build on a long, proud tradition. Our history is a rich story of service, growth, financial strength and stability. For more than a century we have built strong relationships with business partners and customers creating a legacy of innovation and service.

CNA is the 7th largest U.S. commercial insurer and the 13th largest U.S. property & casualty insurer. We provide insurance protection to more than 1 million businesses and professionals in the U.S. and internationally. Our products and services are sold by highly professional independent agents and brokers. Headquartered in Chicago, CNA has offices throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Beyond who we are as a company, CNA stands for its focus on customers, values and financial strength.

Our Values

Customer Focused Professionals
The people of CNA have the insurance expertise to guide businesses and professionals in managing their risks. We offer a wide range of services to help prevent and minimize losses, and we strive to settle claims quickly and professionally. At CNA, a key measure of success is our ability to deliver high-value products and services to our customers.

Values Driven
At CNA, every business decision is driven by a set of core values – integrity, diversity, financial focus, customer focus, professionalism and teamwork. Our commitment to these values differentiates us from other companies, supports long-term relationships with customers and distributors, and enables us to attract and retain a team of outstanding insurance professionals.

Financial Strength
CNA is highly rated for financial strength by all the major independent rating agencies. Our 2006 annual revenues were approximately $10 billion, and our assets at year-end 2005 exceeded $58 billion. We maintain a strong balance sheet – the financial foundation of any insurance company – through a conservative investment philosophy and an ongoing, disciplined evaluation of assets and liabilities.

There When You Need Us
CNA has been there for our customers, distributors and business partners for more than 100 years. Since being formed in 1897 to insure railroad workers, CNA has become one of the most trusted names in insurance by meeting our obligations without hesitation and offering new products as business risks change.