Corporate Leadership at ION Geophysical
R. Brian Hanson
President and Chief Executive Officer
R. Brian Hanson applies his broad experience in the science and technology industry to ION. Mr. Hanson serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr. Hanson served as our Chief Financial Officer from May 2006 until December 2011.
Beginning in 1986 until 1998, Mr. Hanson served in various positions with Culligan Water Conditioning, an international manufacturer of water treatment products and a producer and retailer of bottled water products. His positions with Culligan included Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Hanson held a variety of positions at Fisher Scientific International Inc., a NYSE-listed manufacturer and supplier of scientific and healthcare products and services, including Vice President of Finance for the Healthcare group from 1998 to 2002 and Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2003. In July 2004 until November 2005, Mr. Hanson served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alliance Imaging, Inc., a NYSE-listed provider of diagnostic imaging services to hospitals and other healthcare providers.
Mr. Hanson received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of New Brunswick and an MBA degree from Concordia University in Montreal.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Steve Bate brings to ION a well-rounded view of the geophysical business, having served in multiple leadership capacities within ION since joining the company in 2005. Steve is a proven business and financial leader with over 30 years of broad experience and capabilities across multiple industries.
Prior to joining ION, Mr. Bate was President of a $300 million residential construction company and, prior to that, founded his own consulting business to help lead organizations through change. Over the past nine years, he has served ION in several capacities, including Chief Financial Officer of our Solutions business, Senior Vice President of our Sensor business, Senior Vice President of our Land Imaging Systems division, Chief Executive Officer of INOVA, and most recently, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating officer of our Systems division.
Mr. Bate holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Jamey Seely joins ION as an accomplished executive and business leader. Ms. Seely’s energy industry experience includes various roles in mergers & acquisitions, securities and private placements, commercial transactions, corporate governance, and finance transactions including the negotiation of several multi-billion dollar facilities and investments.
Prior to joining ION, Ms. Seely served as Senior Vice President of Alternative Energy for NRG Energy, Inc., with management and legal oversight of multiple new business and startup ventures related to enhanced oil recovery, solar power and nuclear project development. She also recently served in executive and general counsel roles for Nuclear Innovation North America (NINA), a joint venture subsidiary of NRG Energy in conjunction with Toshiba Corporation. Prior to NRG Energy, Jamey served as Vice President and General Counsel at Direct Energy, and as Partner in Corporate and Securities Law with Thompson & Knight LLP, one the leading private law firms.
Ms. Seely holds a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude at Baylor University. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Energy Innovation & Emerging Technologies from Stanford University. She is licensed to practice in Texas and New York.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, GeoScience
Chris Usher brings over twenty years of leadership in the geophysical industry and hands-on experience in the fields of seismic data processing and imaging, new product commercialization, and software development.
Mr. Usher began his career in field operations at Western Geophysical. In 2000, he moved to Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) in London and served as President of its global data processing division until 2004. From 2004 to 2005, he served as Senior Corporate Vice President, Integrated Services, at Paradigm Geotechnology in London. In 2005, Mr. Usher joined Landmark Software and Services, a division of Halliburton, as Senior Director. From January 2010 until joining ION in December 2012, Mr. Usher served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Global Geophysical.
Mr. Usher is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and geophysics.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, GeoVentures
Ken Williamson brings to ION a broad international experience in the seismic industry. He served as Senior Vice President of our GeoVentures group since January 2007 and was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2012.
Between 1987 and 2006, Mr. Williamson was employed in various positions by Western Geophysical, which in 2000 became part of WesternGeco, a seismic solutions and technology subsidiary of Schlumberger. While at WesternGeco, he served as Vice President, Marketing from 2001 to 2003; Vice President, Russia and Caspian Region from 2003 to 2005; and Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Commercialization of WesternGeco's electromagnetic services and technology division from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Williamson originally joined ION in 2006 as Vice President of Integrated Seismic Solutions, which is now GeoVentures.
Mr. Williamson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics from Cardiff University in Wales.
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources
With over 35 years of Human Resources experience, Larry Burke has applied his knowledge and experience to help shape the unique culture of technology and innovation at ION. He has served as ION's Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources since 2008.
From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Burke served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Silicon Valley Group, a semiconductor equipment manufacturer. Between 1994 and 2000, Mr. Burke was Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for the institutional broker/dealer BNY/ESI & Co. More recently, Mr. Burke served as Vice President of Human Resources at Global Crossing, a global telecommunications solutions provider, from 2000 to 2008.
Mr. Burke holds a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Senior Vice President, Ocean Bottom Services
Colin Hulme joined ION in April 2012 as Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing and in November 2013 was promoted to Senior Vice President, Ocean Bottom Services, and appointed to serve as the chief executive officer of OceanGeo B.V., a joint venture controlled by ION.
Prior to joining ION, Mr. Hulme held a variety of senior management positions at Schlumberger, Ltd., a global oilfield and information services company, from 1989 through 2011, including serving as Technical Director - Deep Reading for Schlumberger Wireline from 2006 to 2011, Vice President and General Manager of Seismic Data Processing for WesternGeco, a seismic solutions and technology subsidiary of Schlumberger, from 2002 to 2006, Vice President and General Manager for Reservoir Products, Schlumberger Information Services, from 2000 to 2002, Vice President and Business Manager for Asia Region, Schlumberger Information Services, from 1998 to 2000, and Corporate Marketing and Commercialization Manager for WesternGeco from 1994 to 1998. Prior to joining Schlumberger, Mr Hulme began his career at Digicon Geophysical.
Senior Vice President, Technology and Communications
Jacques P. Leveille has a proven history of providing cutting-edge innovations in technology and integration to the global E&P market. Jacques joined ION in 2010 and brings with him a broad industry perspective making him uniquely suited to serve as Senior Vice President, Technology and Communications.
Prior to joining the Shell Development Company at the Bellaire Research Center in Houston in 1982, Leveille served as research faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, focused primarily on elementary particle physics, and completed doctoral studies and post-doctoral appointments at Imperial College in London and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1994, he then joined Hess Corporation where he held many appointments including Chief Geophysicist until 2010. Leveille is also the current Vice-Chair of the SEG Research Committee.
Mr. Leveille received a PhD in Physics from Boston University in 1976. Leveille served as research faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, focused primarily on elementary particle physics, and completed doctoral studies and post-doctoral appointments at Imperial College in London and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.