ASIS International, a global organization for security management professionals, has appointed William “Bill” Tenney as its new CEO, effective July 1. 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.

In his new role, Tenney will spearhead the organization’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, he is poised to lead ASIS International into a new era of growth and impact, according to an announcement.

Cy A. Oatridge, 2024 President, ASIS, stated, Tenney’s “diverse background spanning national security and global corporate security makes him exceptionally qualified to lead our organization and advance our strategic priorities.”

Oatridge said the successful completion of the chief executive search was made possible by ASIS partner Spencer Stuart, a leading global executive search and leadership consulting firm, along with its Search Committee led by 2023 ASIS President Tim McCreight.  

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 Corp. Previously, he served in the national security community as a civilian and for 8 years as a U.S. Naval Officer.

“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, CPP, chair, ASIS 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 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, FASAE, CAE, who has served with distinction during his tenure 2016-2024. Tenney will become the eighth executive to lead the organization in its nearly seven-decade existence.  

"I am truly honored 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. “ASIS International plays a pivotal role in advancing the security profession and addressing the complex challenges facing our increasingly interconnected world.”

A graduate of St. Olaf College and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Tenney has completed executive education from Harvard, Northwestern, and MIT. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Veterans Defense Project and advisor to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.