CNA Financial Corp.: NYSE: CNA
Born: New York, N.Y.
Education: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation; bachelor’s degree,Holy Cross
What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
Good people, good data and good systems are the keys to success. You’re never going to be smart enough, so get good people.
If you could be one superhero, which one would you be and why?
I think in business, we aren’t superheroes, but there are smart people motivating others to do extraordinary things, and that’s our job. But who do I think is a superhero is my mother. She suffered a debilitating stroke 18 years ago, and despite that destroying her life in the way she knew it, she is able to bring a level of dignity and is able to bring joy to people around her and her grandchildren, even though she’s been confined to a wheelchair. I think that’s an amazing person, and to me, I would aspire to be like that. I keep her picture on my desk so she looks at me all day long. That’s a superhero.