Avascent Global Advisors

Stephen T. Ganyard

Stephen T. Ganyard

President

Stephen Ganyard’s (Colonel, USMC, Ret.) civilian and military career includes experience in a variety of high-level leadership, managerial and staff positions dealing with complex technologies, strategic planning, foreign policy, intelligence, homeland security and global operations. At Avascent, he helps clients with international market strategy development and execution, political strategy and risk management, as well as business development and capture support. His primary focus is on Asian markets. Read more

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SENIOR ADVISORS

Philippe Cothier

Philippe Cothier

Senior Executive Advisor

Philippe Cothier is a Senior Executive Advisor based in Paris and supporting Avascent’s European operations in Paris and London. Read more

Eric S. Edelman

Eric S. Edelman

Senior Advisor

Ambassador Eric Edelman retired as a career minister from the US Foreign Service on May 1, 2009, after serving in numerous senior positions at the US Departments of State and Defense, as well as in the White House. Dr. Edelman most recently served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from August 2005-09, the number three position at the Pentagon. Read more


Wallace “Chip” Gregson

Senior Advisor

Lieutenant General Wallace “Chip” Gregson (USMC, Ret.) most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer for the United States Olympic Committee, then as an independent consultant before entering Government in 2009. Read more

William E. Landay III

Stanley “Ted” Kresge

Senior Advisor

Lieutenant General Stanley “Ted” Kresge (USAF, Ret) possesses extensive experience in Airpower, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Command and Control, and Pacific operations. Lt Gen Kresge completed 34 years of Air Force service in 2014. He is a career F-15 pilot with over 4,000 hours flight time. Read more

William E. Landay III

William E. Landay III

Senior Advisor

Vice Admiral William “Bill” Landay (USN, Ret.) provides extensive expertise in the areas of Defense Acquisition, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) /International sales, and the transition of Science and Technology (S&T) into production programs. VADM Landay completed 35 years of distinguished service as a Naval officer in 2013. Read more

John Louth

John Louth

Senior Advisor

Professor John Louth is senior research fellow and director for defence, industries and society at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force for sixteen years before working as a consultant and program director extensively throughout the defense and energy sectors. Read more

Walter B. Slocombe

Walter B. Slocombe

Senior Advisor

Walter Slocombe is a senior counsel in the Washington, DC, law firm of Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered. His practice focuses on bankruptcy litigation, defense trade questions, and tax-exempt organizations. In his work in government, Slocombe was Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (1994-2001), and later Senior Advisor for National Security and Defense in the Coalition Provisional Authority for Iraq (May-November 2003). Read more

Amy Strouse

Amy Strouse

Senior Advisor

Ms. Strouse is a senior advisor to Avascent’s healthcare and citizen services practice, consulting on a wide range of issues faced by companies in this market, from early-stage market entry strategy development to merger and acquisition considerations. In addition to advising the Avascent team, she facilitates senior level strategy discussions for industry leaders across these issues, bringing deep expertise in issues of health industry transformation. Read more

James B. Tapp

 

James B. Tapp

Senior Advisor

James Tapp provides strategic development advice to companies providing products and services to the federal government. Tapp aids clients in developing innovative strategies to shape, win and keep new business through agility and collaboration. Before joining Avascent, Tapp served as vice president for Corporate Business Development at Northrop Grumman Corporation–the culmination of a twenty-year career with the company. Read more

ADVISORS

Christian W.D. Bock

Christian W.D. Bock

Advisor

Christian Bock supports client efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa risk analysis, investment due diligence, and business development. Prior to joining Avascent Global Advisors, Mr. Bock designed and led US Government security and peacekeeping operations in Africa, including the deployment of the first international peacekeeping mission in Somalia in 15 years (2007) and Africa’s first full demobilization of military forces in Liberia (2005). Read more

Ian J. Brzezinski

Ian J. Brzezinski

Advisor

Ian Brzezinksi brings two decades of national security experience, including senior positions in the Department of Defense, the Congress and defense industry. He leads the Brzezinski Group, LLC a strategic advisory services firm that supports clients in the defense, energy and other market sectors. Read more


Emerson “Emo” Gardner

Advisor

Lieutenant General Emerson “Emo” Gardner (USMC, Ret.) is one of the nation’s foremost experts on government budgeting processes and programmatic analysis, with particular expertise in the defense and aerospace markets. He provides strategic consulting services to companies that operate in these markets or desire to. Read more

David T. Johnson

David T. Johnson

Advisor

Ambassador David Johnson is currently the Vice President for Strategic Development and Washington Operations at Sterling Global Operation, Inc., in addition to serving as a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as a member of the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board. Read more

Thomas G. Mahnken

Thomas G. Mahnken

Advisor

Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken is currently a Senior Research Professor at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security the U.S. Naval War College. Dr. Mahnken served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning from 2006-2009. Read more

Lewis M. Stern

Lewis M. Stern

Advisor

Dr. Lewis Stern served ten years in the Central Intelligence Agency, including a tour in Bangkok, Thailand, attached to the Indochina Operations Group, and twenty years for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for Southeast Asian security and defense policy. From September 2002 to August 2008 Dr. Stern was the Director for Southeast Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Read more

Celeste Ward Gventer

Celeste Ward Gventer

Advisor

Celeste Ward Gventer works as a consultant on defense organization, management, and institution building in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and writes and consults on a variety of defense and security issues. She has most recently been working in the United Arab Emirates on defense organization and transformation, and with the Defense Institution Building (DIB) program in Ukraine. Read more

Linton Wells

Linton Wells

Senior Advisor

Dr. Linton Wells II has more than twenty years of civilian leadership experience in national security affairs at senior executive service or equivalent levels. This includes service as acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (ASD NII) and Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO).. Read more