Meet Our Team



Bob Conners
Chief Executive Officer

Bob Conners was appointed CEO of Houston-based Umbilicals International in 2016, two years after the company partnered with Caley Ocean Systems to form the Seanamic Group. Starting his career on the shop floor with Newport Tool and Die, Bob now has more than 35 years’ experience in the manufacturing, diving and seismic industries. His previous positions include Vice President of the SURF business within the Prysmian Group, President of HL Technologies (now Umbilicals International), and General Manager of Technip Umbilical Systems. Bob sits on the Board and Management Team of the Seanamic Group.


Charlie Backhouse
General Manager UK

Charlie Backhouse has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, having held management positions with JDR Cable Systems, Heil Europe and Oceaneering. He joined Umbilicals International in 2017 to lead the UK office from Glasgow, Scotland. He is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and holds an MBA from Bradford University.


Pavlos Karnezis
Engineering Manager

Pavlos Karnezis joined Umbilicals International in 2015, having previously acted as a Senior Umbilical Design Specialist with Technip in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Technip, Pavlos worked for HL Tech, before it became Umbilicals International. Pavlos has a degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio.