Robert E. Knowling, Jr.

Mr. Knowling has served on the board since 2022. He is currently chairman of Eagles Landing Partners, which specializes in helping senior management formulate strategy, lead organizational transformations, and re-engineer businesses. He also serves as an advisor-coach to CEOs.  Mr. Knowling currently serves on the board of directors of Rite-Aid, Citrix, and Stride. He previously served as director of Roper Technologies, Convergys Corporation, Heidrick & Struggles International, Ariba, Hewlett-Packard and Shell Oil Exploration. 

Mr. Knowling has held a variety of senior leadership positions, including CEO of Telwares, a provider of telecommunications expense management solutions, CEO of the New York City Leadership Academy, an independent nonprofit corporation, Chairman and CEO of SimDesk Technologies, Inc., and Chairman, President, and CEO of Covad Communications, a private equity-backed start-up company.    

Mr. Knowling has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Wabash College and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Knowling brings to the board extensive experience in executive management and leadership roles, including experience leading companies through periods of high growth and organizational turnaround. In addition, his service on a number of other public company boards of directors enables Mr. Knowling to share insights with the CECO board regarding corporate governance best practices.