Rusty Burns, a 31-year veteran of Cook Medical (Bloomington, Indiana), has been promoted to VP of global logistics and purchasing, the company said. In his new role, Burns will manage all of Cook's global warehousing, distribution and materials management services. Burns started in the shipping department at Cook in 1979 and was named warehouse manager in 1985. In 1991 he assumed additional responsibilities with materials management and purchasing, and since then has held a variety of positions in IT, distribution, logistics and inventory control.