William Tenney named new CEO of ASIS International

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ASIS International has named William “Bill” Tenney as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 1 July 2024.

Tenney brings close to 35 years of security leadership experience from both public and private sectors to his new role heading the acclaimed global security association. 

As CEO, Tenney will spearhead the organisation’s strategic vision, working closely with members, partners and stakeholders to advance the mission of fostering excellence in the security profession worldwide.

With a commitment to collaboration and continuous improvement, ASIS International reports, he is poised to lead the company into a new era of growth and impact. 

Guiding ASIS’ mission

“We are thrilled to welcome William Tenney as the next CEO to guide ASIS in our mission to support security practitioners across all disciplines,” said Cy A. Oatridge, CPP, 2024 President, ASIS International.

“His diverse background spanning national security and global corporate security makes him exceptionally qualified to lead our organisation and advance our strategic priorities.

“The successful completion of our chief executive search was made possible by our partner, Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s leading global executive search and leadership consulting firms, along with our CEO Search Committee led by 2023 ASIS President, Tim McCreight, CPP.”  

Tenney joins ASIS after serving as Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Security for MetLife, Head of Global Operations Risk for Bloomberg and Director of Global Security at Target Corporation.

Previously, he served in the national security community as a civilian and for eight years as a US Naval Officer. 

“Proven track record”

“After an extensive global search, we are confident Bill is the ideal leader to guide ASIS International into its next chapter of growth and success,” said Tim McCreight, CPP, Chair, ASIS International CEO Search Committee.

“With his proven track record of strategic leadership and deep expertise within the security profession, Bill has the vision and capabilities to provide the highest level of business continuity while propelling our organisation to new heights.

“His appointment reinforces our commitment to operational excellence and positions us to capitalise on emerging opportunities in the ever-evolving security landscape.”

Tenney succeeds Peter O’Neil, FASAE, CAE, who has served with distinction during his tenure 2016-2024.

He will become the eighth executive to lead this organisation in its nearly seven-decade existence.  

A more resilient future

“I am truly honoured and excited to assume the role of CEO for this prestigious global security association with more than 34,000 members representing more than 150 nations worldwide,” said Bill Tenney, newly appointed CEO of ASIS International.

“ASIS International plays a pivotal role in advancing the security profession and addressing the complex challenges facing our increasingly interconnected world.

“I look forward to collaborating closely with our diverse membership, volunteer leaders and staff to drive innovation, share best practices and elevate the critical importance of effective security strategies across all sectors and regions.

“Together, we will continue building a safer and more resilient future on a global scale.

“I am committed to strengthening our association’s position as the preeminent authority and go-to resource for security management professionals everywhere.”

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