Retired Navy Vice Adm. Joe Kernan, who served as a senior military assistant to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, has been appointed vice president of business development at SAP National Security Services, an independent U.S. subsidiary of the global software developer.
The 36-year military veteran and former Navy SEAL will advise SAP NS2 and its customers on national security and technology, SAP NS2 said Wednesday.
“Admiral Kernan is one of America’s most highly respected commanders, warfighters, and leaders, ” said Mark Testoni, president and CEO of SAP NS2.
“We’re very pleased to have him join the NS2 team and help provide powerful solutions to the national security community.”
Kernan led the Naval Forces Southern Command, or Fourth Fleet, after a term as commander of Naval Special Warfare Command that began in 2007.
He joined the SEAL community in 1980 after tours on the USS Downes and USS Horne.
“My life’s work has been helping to provide national security for our country. This is an opportunity for me to continue that work – to help our customers strengthen security and run efficient organizations through the use of world-class technologies.”