NTS Hires Dr. Vicki Panhuise as President, Testing

Further strengthens the NTS executive team in support of the company's technology, service and growth objectives

Calabasas, CA (November 9, 2015). National Technical Systems, Inc. (“NTS”), the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification solutions in the United States, announced today that it has hired Vicki Panhuise as President of Testing. The addition of Dr. Panhuise will add considerable industry and operational expertise to NTS’ senior leadership team and positions the company to further enhance its technological and service offerings and capitalize on the growth opportunities it is currently pursuing in partnership with customers.

As the President of Testing, Dr. Panhuise will be a key member of CEO William McGinnis’ executive team and will have responsibility for a broad range of key initiatives, including furthering the company’s operational capabilities, driving the company’s growth strategy, and fostering a common culture of superior customer service and thought leadership across NTS’ national network of technologically advanced testing laboratories.

Dr. Panhuise brings a wealth of experience to NTS having spent more than 30 years in a variety of leadership roles in both the aerospace and defense industries. She began her career at General Electric as a nondestructive test engineer before joining Honeywell International. During her tenure at Honeywell, Dr. Panhuise held a number of senior executive positions, including serving as Vice President of Regional Aircraft, Vice President of Commercial & Military Helicopters and Vice President of Military Aircraft. After leaving Honeywell, Dr. Panhuise served as the President of Airborne Systems Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of high-performance personnel and cargo parachutes, which she led through the sale of the business to TransDigm Group in December 2013. As a Six Sigma Leadership Black Belt, she has also advised aerospace and defense companies on change management, acquisition integration, and program management best practices. Dr. Panhuise earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Wells College, both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an MBA from the University of Arizona. She is a member, and the former President and Chairman of the Board, of the American Society of Nondestructive Testing.

“As a member of industry, I had a great appreciation for the unique technological and service capabilities that NTS’s national network of laboratories offers its sophisticated customer base. I am excited to join NTS at such a dynamic time for the company, and I look forward to working with our talented team to serve as a partner to the more than 4,000 customers who rely on NTS for their most technologically advanced and mission-critical testing needs,” Panhuise said. “The addition of Vicki to our executive team comes at the ideal time for our organization as we accelerate the way we can serve our customers,” McGinnis said. “With NTS having nearly doubled in revenue over the last five years, Vicki’s combination of demonstrated leadership and industry experience will position us well for the next phase of our company’s growth.”

NTS is a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based Aurora Capital Group.

About National Technical Systems
National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) is the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification services in the United States, serving a broad range of industries, including the civil aviation, space, defense, nuclear, telecommunications, industrial, electronics, medical, and automotive end markets. During its more than 50 years in business, NTS has built the broadest geographic presence and sole national footprint in the United States, an unparalleled breadth of capabilities, and has fostered continuous innovation, making NTS a unique one-stop resource to meet its clients’ demanding and evolving requirements. Operating through a network of 25 technologically advanced testing laboratories across the United States, this geographically diverse footprint puts NTS facilities in close proximity to its more than 4,000 clients, allowing NTS to serve the nation’s most innovative companies with industry-leading accessibility and responsiveness. NTS’ offering spans more than 70 distinct environmental simulation and materials testing categories, including climatic, structural, dynamics, fluid flow, EMI/EMC, lightning, product safety, acoustics, failure analysis, chemical, and other industry-specific tests, allowing it to handle its clients’ most demanding needs. Additionally, the company is accredited by numerous national and international organizations, which allows NTS to have its test data nearly universally accepted worldwide. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at www.nts.com or call 800-270-2516.