Teneo has acquired a minority stake in WestExec Advisors, the DC geopolitical firm that was co-founded by secretary of state Tony Blinken.

It also will forge a strategic partnership with WestExec and its co-founders Michele Flournoy (former undersecretary of defense for policy), Sergio Aguirre (foreign policy advisor to Sen. Tim Kaine) and Nitin Chadda (strategy advisor to secretary of defense Ash Carter).

Declan Kelly, Teneo CEO, said WestExec’s expertise will help his firm’s clients make the best decisions as they navigate the increasingly complex and volatile international landscape.

The New York-based global CEO advisory also announced that former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd has signed on as a senior advisor.

The Democrat served for 30 years in the Senate and six years in the House.

After retiring from the Senate in 2010, Dodd did a seven-year stint as chairman/CEO of the Motion Picture Assn. and then joined Arnold & Porter as senior counsel.