CNA Financial has appointed Richard Vonesh as claim director for its new western service center in Denver, effective July 1, 2010.

Mr Vonesh, who has more than 20 years experience in the claims field, joined CNA in 2002 as service center claim director for the central and western territories. He most currently served as claim director and acting liaison for the western service center project.

According to the CNA, Mr Vonesh will initially lead orientation for the claim express center trainee class, this fall. In concert with CNA’s express center team in Pennsylvania, the team in the western service center will process a diverse range of low-severity, high-frequency claims, including auto, general liability, and property claims.

CNA has said that the new western service center, which is scheduled to be opened with full functionality by the second quarter of 2011, will enable it to expand the service center capabilities to the western portion of the country to better serve its customer base.

The new service center is expected to create approximately 300 positions. The company has added that it will use Denver branch office location for operations, until it finds the another location for new service center.