CNA Corporation Names Katherine A. W. McGrady, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer

Arlington, VA - CNA Corporation Board of Trustees has selected Katherine A. W. McGrady, Ph.D., now serving as Acting President of the Center for Naval Analyses, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the CNA Corporation.

McGrady will replace Robert J. Murray, who announced his intent to retire after serving CNA for 25 years. The transition date will be announced later.

“We selected Katherine in recognition of her distinguished career of 26 years serving CNA and its sponsors and clients, but, more importantly, with faith in her visionary leadership and creative thinking to lead CNA to its future. ” said CNA’s Board of Trustees Chair Rozanne L. Ridgway. “This has been a long and rigorous search process, and the Board is convinced that she possesses the qualities of vision and leadership essential for CNA's future.”

“As Katherine moves into the CEO role, a search is underway for a new President for the Center for Naval Analyses, a federally funded research and development center.

“We also thank Bob Murray for his excellent service to CNA since 1990. We wish him all the very best in his new ventures.”

“I’m honored to assume the role of President and CEO, and to lead the CNA Corporation into the future,” said McGrady.  “In my many years at CNA I have always valued our mission of service, our operational focus, and the quality of our people and their work. I look forward to bringing CNA into the future – strong, vibrant, and mission-focused. ”

Appointed CNA Corporation’s first Chief Operating Officer in June 2009, McGrady began her career with CNA Corporation as an analyst in 1988. As the field representative to the Commander of Marine Forces Central Command and Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force, she served in the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq war (Desert Shield and Desert Storm). She also deployed as part of the Unified Task Force to Mogadishu, Somalia.

McGrady earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (Polymer Chemistry) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (cum laude) from Smith College, Northampton, MA.