Later, Kennard would become the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, the first ambassador to work with the nations under the Lisbon Treaty. President Barack Obama appointed Kennard to the post in 2009, a job he held until this past July.
Kennard has also held a variety of board directorship positions, mostly in the field of telecommunications. Now a noted speaker and well-respected figure in the telecommunications industry, Kennard is listed as one of the keynote speakers for the 9th Annual Convention of the National Association of Black Telecommunications Professionals in Dallas, Texas this April.