CNA Selects AIR Worldwide’s Touchstone as Primary Catastrophe Risk Management Platform

CNA is accessing Touchstone in the AIR Cloud as a secure and cost-efficient alternative to on-premise deployment.

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CNA, one of the largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance companies has transitioned to AIR Worldwide’s Touchstone solution as its primary catastrophe risk modeling platform.

Tom Stone, VP, Aggregation and Catastrophe Management, CNA.

“We are excited to leverage AIR’s powerful catastrophe modeling solution to support our multiple lines of business during the underwriting process,” comments Tom Stone, VP, aggregation and catastrophe management, CNA. “AIR has a track record of providing scientifically credible models and combined with Touchstone, this complete solution will provide us with more analytics to make risk management, pricing, and risk selection decisions.”

Touchstone in the Cloud

As part of the agreement, CNA is accessing Touchstone in the AIR Cloud as a secure and cost-efficient alternative to on-premise deployment. AIR reports that CNA is also licensing AIR’s Web Services to connect to AIR’s cloud infrastructure and obtain hazard, and loss analysis output in seconds; and Touchstone APIs to integrate with CNA’s underwriting systems as part of their IT transformation efforts. For CNA’s newly created National Accounts line, AIR is also providing support using its data services to scrub and prepare submissions for quotes from brokers.

“CNA emphasized the importance of account modeling time and its impact on workflow efficiency,” comments Rob Newbold, EVP, AIR Worldwide. “The ability of Touchstone to model multiple perils at one time, coupled with our powerful Web Services tools to help reduce manual steps such as data transformations and analysis setup, will help improve their overall productivity and integrate seamlessly within their large property and small/middle market underwriting systems.”

Rob Newbold, EVP, AIR Worldwide.

“It’s been a positive experience working with AIR as they provided a unique solution to help streamline our workflows,” adds CNA’s Stone. “Through this customization we are able to achieve levels of performance and speed not possible in our previous solution. Touchstone is truly a versatile technology solution that has significantly sped-up our entire underwriting process. Additionally, AIR’s implementation team was fully supportive of our needs and made the transition go smoothly, significantly mitigating the potential impact of transitioning to a new model vendor.”

AIR describes Touchstone as a total risk management solution designed to perform the advanced analytics that companies need to own their risk. The vendor reports that since 2013, more than 30 (re)insurance carriers have switched to AIR’s advanced modeling platform to help them better manage catastrophe risk.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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