In his new role, Tennant will work with think tanks, professional organizations, federal entities, academia, consultancies and other groups to progress the company’s objectives, HII announced from Arlington, Virginia on Wednesday.
Stewart Holmes, executive vice president of government and customer relations at HII, said he is “delighted” about Tennant’s entry into the team, where he will support both international and domestic growth.
He noted Tennant’s more than three decades of experience as a cooperative leader within the national security community, where he “forged strong partnerships” at embassies, combatant commands, at the joint level and with third party institutions. This background, said Holmes, will improve cross-divisional and cooperative initiatives at HII and better position the enterprise to further cultivate partnerships with its clients.
At HII, Tennant will guide the engagement and international government relations business unit as it participates in global programs, such as the trilateral Australia, U.S. and U.K. partnership, and facilitate collaboration with foreign governments, embassies and related organizations. He will succeed Joe Tofalo, who will step down from the position in December.
Prior to joining HII, Tennant served as a defense advisor to Canada for the U.K., a role in which he supervised the two nations’ defense relationship. Earlier, he was military attache and deputy defense attache for the U.K. in Washington, D.C., where he managed and strengthened the partnership between the U.S. and British armies.
In his first military position as an army aviator, he served on several deployments in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Tennant also held the role of chief of the Joint Fires and Influence Branch Headquarters within NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.