Boxborough, Mass., December 3, 2014 – TÜV Rheinland Industrial Solutions (TRIS), a full-service inspection, testing and certification company, has appointed Robert C. Burns as Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Burns will report directly to the Chief Regional Officer and will be responsible for all operational aspects of TRIS, including staff management and profit and loss accountability.
Burns comes to TÜV Rheinland with more than 20 years of experience in growing businesses through strategic planning, development and operations. He is well-versed in key functional departments, from customer service to finance, and specializes in testing and inspection services for major oil and pipeline companies. In his numerous senior executive management roles at Fortune 500, startup and private equity firms, Burns consistently exceeded goals of achieving profitable business growth. His particular areas of expertise include mergers, acquisitions and business integration as well as managing accelerated organic growth.
Prior to joining TÜV Rheinland, Burns served as President and CEO of Applus RTD USA in Houston, where he managed the non-destructive testing and inspection company’s operations and directed the asset integrity management services to major oil and pipeline companies. Burns was the President and Chief Operating Officer of PetroChem Inspection Services, Inc., also in Houston. In addition, he was the Vice President and General Manager of HMT Inspection and Engineering Services.
“Burns’ impressive track record of helping companies achieve their full potential and take a lead in the markets, combined with a deep understanding of industrial inspection services, makes him a perfect addition to TÜV Rheinland team,” said TÜV Rheinland’s Chief Regional Officer Gerhard Luebken. “We are confident that his leadership and business management skills will help guide TRIS to the forefront of the industrial inspection services scene.”
Burns holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a frequent speaker with the American Petroleum Institute, the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, and the Independent Liquid Terminals Association.
TRIS is a comprehensive resource for a variety of advanced NDT services. It provides both field and laboratory inspection services, including all NDT methods, QC/QA functions, proof loading, calibrations, tensile testing, compression, shear testing and slow bend testing.
For additional information about TRIS, call (800) 748-0208 or visit www.tuvris.com. To learn more about TÜV Rheinland, visit www.tuv.com/us.
About TÜV Rheinland
Founded in 1872, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent testing, inspection, and certification services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment and technology in nearly all aspects of life. The company maintains a presence in 500 locations spanning 66 countries, employs 18,000 people and has an annual revenue of $2.2 billion (€1.6 billion). TÜV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps to shape processes for a wide variety of companies through its worldwide network of approved labs, testing facilities and education centers. Since 2006, the company has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. For more information, visit www.tuv.com/us.