July 11, 2008
Schilling Robotics, Inc.: New Controller (Gil Llacuna) and Human Resources Head (Sally Larocca) Join ROV Leader Schilling
Schilling Robotics, Inc. announced today that Gil Llacuna is the company's new vice president and corporate controller, and that Sally Larocca has become its first vice president of human resources. Now growing at 40% a year, Schilling is a leading global producer of subsea control systems, ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), and other high-technology equipment and services for oil and gas subsea exploration and production.
Llacuna and Larocca both report to John Kehoe, Schilling's senior vice president and chief financial officer, who joined the company earlier this year. Kehoe said of Llacuna, "Gil brings us a strong blend of private company and public accounting experience with organizations such as VeriFone, GE, and Arthur Andersen. On one hand, this will enable us to achieve transparency when we undertake financings, but it will also help us achieve superior control over asset management, financial management reporting, and other processes that are critical for successful global enterprises." Llacuna received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Schilling's elevation of the top human resources position to vice president status coincided with Larocca's arrival. Said Kehoe, "Sally comes during a period of accelerated growth and hiring as we are upgrading our human resources practices and training at our locations in California, Texas, and Scotland. Solid recruiting and human resource management is critical for us to be able to rapidly grow our business globally." Larocca has substantial experience at companies in the Davis-Sacramento area, including EdFund, Yamas Controls Incorporated, and Intel Corporation. She received a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from California State University, Sacramento.
A Global, Deep-Ocean Robotics Company. Founded in 1985, Schilling Robotics is a robotics technology company that today produces control systems, ROVs, and other subsea equipment primarily for deep-ocean petroleum and gas exploration and production around the world. Schilling Robotics' customers include offshore oilfield equipment and service providers such as Acergy UK Limited, Bourbon Subsea Services, Expro North Sea Limited, and Oceaneering International, Inc. Headquartered in Davis, California, the company also has offices in Houston, Texas and Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2008, it became an employee-owned company, and its total staff at year end 2007 numbered 275. Further information about the company can be found at www.schilling.com. The Schilling Business Diary (http://www.globalprovince.com/schillingroboticsindex.htm) includes information about Schilling, the ROV industry, and emerging technology in offshore exploration.