Friday, January 25, 2008
Contact: Cort Boulanger
General Quenneville Tapped to Lead Region’s Defense Voice
Retired Air Guard Brig. General and Fighter Pilot Named MassDTI Executive Director
The Massachusetts Defense Technology Initiative (DTI) today named Brigadier General Donald J. Quenneville (ANG, retired), a former fighter pilot and a top commander overseeing North American homeland defense, as the organization’s new executive director. Quenneville will be responsible for daily operations of DTI, the member organization that works to grow the region’s defense technology cluster.
“General Quenneville has the ideal experience and skills to take DTI to the next level,” said DTI Chairman and BAE Systems General Manager Steve Jamison. “General Quenneville has dedicated his professional life to serving his nation and the Commonwealth. Overseeing DTI’s ambitious agenda is a logical next step in his long and distinguished history of public service.”
Quenneville was most recently the Deputy Commander of Force Employment and the Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Region in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Quenneville was responsible for ensuring that the Region Battle Staff, the Sector Air Operations Center, air defense fighter units and other strategic assets performed as a team to provide peacetime air sovereignty and tactical warning of attack on North America. He was also responsible for ensuring the mission effectiveness and administration of the U.S. Air Force units assigned to Canada.
“I am delighted to join a dynamic organization that has a track record of results and strong growth potential,” said Quenneville. “Massachusetts and the region have significant defense technology assets of value to regional economy and the Pentagon. I look forward to working with the entire region’s defense technology community to create jobs and support the development of cutting-edge technologies that secure our nation and protect and empower our brave military personnel around the world.”
Quenneville noted that he would work to build on successful DTI-supported initiatives, including the Natick Science & Technology Board and the coordinated campaign to bring an Air Force Cyber-Security Research Center to the region. He will also lead efforts to expand DTI’s membership
“Having someone of General Quenneville’s stature lead DTI is a boon for the organization and the region’s entire defense sector,” said Christopher Anderson, president of DTI and the Mass. High Tech Council. “We look forward to DTI reaching new heights under General Quenneville’s leadership.”
Quenneville began his military career in 1971 when he received his commission through the Officers Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. After spending eight years on active duty as an F-106 pilot, he joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 102nd Fighter Wing. He was commander of the 102nd Fighter Wing on September 11, 2001; pilots and aircraft from the unit were the first to respond to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. In his 36 year Air Force career, Quenneville achieved Command Pilot status with more than 4500 flight hours and received numerous major military awards and decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross.