Andy Hall To Lead CNA's Canadian Operations

    CHICAGO, November 2 /CNW/ - CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:   CNA)
announced that, effective January 1, 2008, Andy Hall will be appointed
president and chief operating officer of CNA's Canadian operations. Hall will
succeed Chuck Lawrence who has led CNA Canada since 1997 and recently
announced his upcoming retirement.

    Mr. Hall, who currently serves as vice president for CNA's Denver branch,
has more than 25 years of experience, including serving as vice president of
the Western Region for CNA Canada. He also holds the AIIC (Associate of
Insurance Institute of Canada) designation.

    "Andy's track record for achieving solid results in Denver and Canada
makes us confident in his ability to achieve our growth initiatives as well as
build upon the outstanding work of Chuck and his team," said Peter Wilson,
executive vice president, CNA Global Specialty Lines. "Also, I want to thank
Chuck for his many contributions toward the tremendous success of CNA Canada."

    CNA is the country's seventh largest commercial insurance writer and the
13th largest property and casualty company. CNA's insurance products include
standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property
and casualty coverages. CNA's services include risk management, information
services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. For more
information, please visit CNA at CNA is a registered service
mark, trade name and domain name of CNA Financial Corporation.


    This press release includes statements which relate to anticipated future
events (forward-looking statements) rather than actual present conditions or
historical events. You can identify forward-looking statements because
generally they include words such as "believes", "expects", "intends",
"anticipates", "estimates", and similar expressions. Forward-looking
statements, by their nature, are subject to a variety of inherent risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the
results projected. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled
by CNA. For a detailed description of these risks and uncertainties please
refer to CNA's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available

    Any forward-looking statements made in this press release are made by CNA
as of the date of this press release. CNA does not have any obligation to
update or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this press
release, even if CNA's expectations or any related events, conditions or
circumstances change.

For further information:

For further information: CNA Financial Corporation Katrina W. Parker,
312/822-5167 or Sarah J. Pang, 312/822-6394

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