McKiernan, a former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, will advise the government relations firm on public affairs issues and work with company clients to enhance understanding of defense requirements and provide counsel on legislative and policy priorities.
"General McKiernan represents all the best qualities of a public servant," said Chet Atkins, founding partner of ADS Ventures. "We are honored by his decision to join the ADS team.
"We have tremendous respect for his years of leadership and for the genuine concern he has shown those under his command during their time in uniform and during their transition back into civilian life. For a decade, ADS has represented organizations that work to improve education, advance scientific innovation and enhance the greater good both in the U.S. and abroad. I am confident that General McKiernan's expertise will be an invaluable resource as we work to advance our clients' goals."
McKiernan retired in August 2009 following 37 years in uniform.
"Throughout my career as a soldier, I have always strived to be a leader focused on mission accomplishment and taking care of our nation's most precious resource -- its men and women serving in uniform," McKiernan said. "My work with ADS Ventures will allow me to continue this effort by counseling organizations dedicated to developing and procuring vital gear for those who serve our country as well as for those striving to increase scientific research and educational opportunities."
ADS Ventures is a government relations, business development and strategic communications firm that provides consulting services to a range of corporate and non-profit clients, including organizations in the soldier personal equipment and protection industry.