Retired British Army Brig. Gen. Paul Tennant has been named HII’s corporate vice president of engagement and international government relations.
Tennant is succeeding Joe Tofalo, who will retire in December after five years with the company and 35 years in the U.S. Navy. He’ll report to Stewart Holmes, HII’s executive vice president of government and customer relations.
Tennant brings over 30 years’ leadership and security cooperation expertise and forged strong partnerships within the national security environment at embassies, combatant commands, at the joint level and with many important third-party institutions, Holmes said.
“Paul’s network, coupled with his extensive security cooperation background, will strengthen the cross divisional and cooperate efforts at HII and position us to be a stronger partner for our customers,” he added/
In his new position, Tennant will inform national security policy and future force capabilities by engaging with think tanks, professional organizations, federal entities, academia, consultancies and other third-party advocates.
He will also lead GCR on international initiatives, including the trilateral Australia, U.K. and U.S. partnership, and will coordinate engagement with foreign governments, embassies and relevant organizations.
Tennant’s last service position was as defense adviser for the U.K. to Canada, where he oversaw the defense relationship. Before that, he served as military attaché and deputy defense attaché for the U.K. in Washington, D.C., working on the management and advancement of the relationship between the U.S. and British armies.