ABS Names New Chief Engineer

(Houston) – ABS, a leading provider of classification to the global marine and offshore industries, announces the appointment of Bret Montaruli to the role of Vice President and Chief Engineer. In his new role, Montaruli will be responsible for overseeing the interpretation, application and compliance with the ABS Rules across all ABS Engineering offices worldwide. His new role will be effective on Monday, 15 February 2016. He will report to ABS Executive Vice President and COO Tony Nassif.

“Bret has been a valuable member of the ABS team for several decades and is well prepared for his new role of Vice President and Chief Engineer,” Nassif says. “He brings to this position the experience and knowledge of more than 30 years’ service along with the creativity and insight that will be indispensable in taking on the challenges of a rapidly changing industry.”

Montaruli joined ABS in 1981 and has held a number of leadership roles that include Manager of Offshore Engineering and Vice President of Engineering for the Americas Division as well as Vice President of Offshore Technology, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Technology of ABS. He has a bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering from SUNY Maritime College and an MBA from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.

Montaruli steps into this role to replace Jim Gaughan, who is retiring from ABS after 30 years of dedicated service.

About ABS

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification organization devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.