About

Matt Burns -1Matt Burns created Tullow International HR Consulting, LLC. to help organizations that want to go global successfully by building bridges across borders.  Recognizing that many organizations want to expand globally but struggle with how, Matt realized there was a need for on-demand expertise in this area.  Some organizations can’t afford to have an experienced International HR/Global Mobility executive on staff, full-time.  Others have experienced professionals in-house but the in-house team doesn’t have the bandwidth to handle surge projects or process/program improvements.  Tullow International HR Consulting, LLC. offers the skill and experience to help.

Prior to starting his consulting practice, Matt Burns, Managing Director of Tullow International HR Consulting, LLC., was HR Operations Director at Lockheed Martin, leading two virtual, global teams on the integration of more than 1,900 acquired Sikorsky international employees (expatriate and in-country) in 24 countries to Lockheed Martin’s HR systems, policies and practices and the transition of more than 2,000 legacy Lockheed Martin international employees in 21 countries to Leidos. Matt directed Lockheed Martin’s Global Mobility and International HR team from 2005 to 2013, introducing technology, policy and process improvements that led to 8 straight years of improved satisfaction scores from international assignees while reducing the unit cost to the business. The Global Mobility program that Matt led received recognition in 2013 as the EMMA runner up in Most Effective Relocation Strategy and Best Global Mobility Program – Industrial/Energy Sector.

Matt joined Lockheed Martin in 2005 after 26 years with the U.S. Department of State. Matt created and led the Department’s Center for Administrative Innovation from 2001 to 2005 while representing the Department on the Washington Interagency Working Group that coordinated policy and operations of the International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS) system. Matt completed six international assignments with the Department, serving in Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, the U.S.S.R., Italy and Israel. During Matt’s assignment to Rome, he designed and led the successful ICASS pilot project that became the model for the current inter-agency shared services system which, in fiscal year 2005, had revenues approaching $1.2 billion. Matt joined the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMA) panel of judges in 2012 and continues in that role.

Matt has spoken at numerous global mobility conferences, international and national conferences on shared services and has published articles on the Forum for Expatriate Management, State Magazine and the Shared Services and Outsourcing Newsletter. The Forum on Expatriate Management recognized Matt in 2017 with its award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Mobility.

Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts in International Political Economics and Business and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. In 2014, Matt completed an executive seminar on Strategic Partnership with Impact: Strategy Analysis for Organization and Human Resources at the Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California. Matt speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and professional-level Russian.  Matt is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (IAPP CIPP/US and CIPP/E).