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ASIS International appoints new CEO

By Canadian Security Staff   

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William Tenney

ASIS International announced the appointment of William Tenney as its new CEO, effective July 1.

Tenney joins ASIS with almost 35 years of senior leadership experience, including 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 Corp. He also served as a U.S. Naval Officer for eight years.

“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, the 2024 president of ASIS International, in a statement. “His diverse background spanning national security and global corporate security makes him exceptionally qualified to lead our organization and advance our strategic priorities.”

ASIS’s search for a new top executive was aided by Spencer Stuart, a global executive search and leadership consulting firm, and ASIS’s own CEO Search Committee led by 2023 ASIS president, Tim McCreight.


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

Tenney succeeds Peter O’Neil, who served as ASIS CEO from 2016 to 2024. Tenney will become the eighth executive to lead the organization in its almost seven-decade existence.

“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 Tenney. “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.”

Tenney also currently serves on the board of directors for the Veterans Defense Project and as advisor to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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