WFS expands senior leadership team with appointment of new CTO

Source: press release, 31 July 2019

WFS Chief Technology Officer, Jim Darroch
WFS Chief Technology Officer, Jim Darroch (photo: WFS Technologies)

Continuing their ambitious growth plans for 2019, global provider of disruptive wireless subsea internet of things technology, WFS Technologies, has appointed a new Chief Technology Officer to drive its evolving product portfolio and software development roadmap.

Jim Darroch has been appointed CTO to own the company’s product vision and roadmap, and to expand the product engineering team to meet growing client demands for its existing product range.

WFS allows operators to monitor subsea infrastructures with their patented Seatooth® real-time and edge computing sensors that view, detect, measure and report on variances against conditions including temperature, vibration, leak, corrosion and cracking. This results in improved safety and asset integrity, lower installation and maintenance costs over the life of the offshore structure.

Darroch brings with him a wealth of experience in leading engineering teams and the development of Internet of Things product strategies, most recently where he was globally accountable for the delivery of an Intelligent IoT Edge ecosystem in Honeywell’s “Connected Enterprise” organisation.

Prior to Honeywell, Darroch spent several years at Artesyn (formerly Emerson) as Senior Director and Vice President of Engineering, leading the planning and execution of the company’s global software and product engineering strategies.

“WFS impressed me as a clear thought leader in developing subsea wireless and compute technology to solve customers’ problems in some of the world’s harshest operating environments,” Darroch says.

“While there is a great deal of synergy with other emerging IoT use cases, Subsea IoT presents enough challenges and opportunities to make WFS a fascinating place to work. With a solid technology foundation and a talented development team already in place, I am incredibly excited to join the team at this time to help drive, and deliver, our product vision.”