Aerospace Veteran and Expert
Ms. Oxenstierna has over 20 years in the aerospace and defense industry, government policy arena and financial services sector. Tess has a deep domain knowledge and transaction advisory skills, especially in the high growth markets of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), unmanned vehicles systems, cyber-security and strike warfare. Currently, Ms. Oxenstierna co-heads the Aerospace l Defense l Government practice at Headwaters investment bank, leading efforts in mergers and acquisitions, capital formation and strategic advisory services for public and privately-held companies in the middle markets. Focus areas include aero-structures, avionics, component manufacturing, MRO, net-centric solutions, cyber security, unmanned systems/robotics, national security/intelligence solutions, government services and homeland security. Previously, Tess founded the Aerospace and Defense practice at Bank Street, a middle market boutique investment bank, focusing on private and public corporate clients with diverse products such as command and control software for aerial drones, satellite-based force tracking systems and electronic warfare devices used in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tess was also Director of Corporate Development and Strategy at Raytheon, with deal team transactions valued at over $3.4 billion in sensor automation/information synthesis, geospatial mission support, network forensics, interoperable communications for homeland security, and commercial aviation/life cycle support. Prior to those roles, Tess worked in the Reagan White House, U.S. Departments of State and Energy, and NATO Headquarters, complementing her combat operational experience as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Tess was also Global Head of Equities Strategy at Lehman Brothers, responsible for strategy development leveraging competitive intelligence, market analysis and acquisitions across Americas, Europe and Asia. Transactions included investments in stock exchanges, a NYSE specialist market-maker and international broker dealers. She holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London, M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, B.A. in International Relations from UCLA, and studied corporate finance at Harvard Business School.