Schilling Robotics, Inc. announced the appointment of Hobart "Hobey" Birmingham and Taft Symonds to its Board of Directors. Schilling, a leading global producer of subsea control systems, remotely operated vehicles (ROV), and other high-technology equipment and services for subsea exploration and production, is growing at a 40% rate and is rapidly expanding its customer base around the world.
Schilling's Chairman of the Board and Founder, Tyler Schilling, commented, "We are very fortunate to have both Hobey and Taft join our Board of Directors. Both gentlemen have a wealth of experience that is complementary to our Company's expertise, and I look forward to the guidance and knowledge they will contribute to our Board."
Birmingham is a managing director of The Perreault Birmingham Group LLC, which provides consulting and investment banking services to high technology companies. With a legacy of success in legal and executive positions with companies such as Borland Software, Apple Computer and as a partner in the international law firm of Graham and James, Birmingham's experience is particularly relevant to Schilling's international business expansion. Birmingham received a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and an A.B. cum laude from Princeton University, and he is proficient in Japanese.
Symonds has been the Chairman of the Board at private investment firm Symonds Trust Co. Ltd. since 1978. Symonds's depth of experience in the oil and gas industry will support Schilling's initiative to gain market share in the subsea controls market. He currently serves as a director at oil and gas midstream company Plains All American GP LLC and at oilfield supply company Howard Supply, LLC. Symonds has previously served on the boards of Tetra Technologies, Inc., Plains Explorations & Production, Inc., Maurice Pincoffs Company, Inc., and Houston's Young Presidents Organization. Symonds has a background in both investment and commercial banking, including stints in New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong. Symonds received a B.A. from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University.