Corporate Leadership at ION Geophysical
R. Brian Hanson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Brian Hanson brings a background of distinguished leadership to ION, having served in executive roles for various science and technology companies. Prior to his appointment as CEO of ION, Mr. Hanson served as our Chief Financial Officer from 2006 until 2011.
Beginning in 1986 until 1998, Mr. Hanson served in various positions with Culligan, an international water treatment products manufacturer 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. Immediately prior to joining ION, Mr. Hanson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alliance Imaging, Inc., an NYSE-listed provider of diagnostic imaging services to hospitals and other healthcare providers.
Mr. Hanson holds 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 offers a well-rounded view of the geophysical business, having served in multiple leadership capacities within ION since joining the company in 2005. He 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 decade he has served ION in various executive capacities, including Chief Financial Officer of our Solutions business line, Senior Vice President of our Sensor business line, Senior Vice President of our Land Imaging Systems division, Chief Executive Officer of INOVA, and 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 and Chief Operating Officer
E&P Operations Optimization
Chris Usher brings over twenty-five 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 2010 until 2012, Mr. Usher served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Global Geophysical. Mr. Usher joined ION in December 2012 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ION's GX Technology group and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer in February 2015.
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
E&P Technology & Services
Ken Williamson brings to ION broad international experience in the seismic industry. Mr. Williamson joined ION in 2006 to lead the development and expansion of our data library programs and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Commercialization in February 2015.
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 joined ION in 2006 as Vice President of our GeoVentures group and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2012.
Mr. Williamson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics from Cardiff University in Wales.
Executive 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. Prior to his current title of Executive Vice President, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources. He joined ION in 2008.
From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Burke served as Vice President of Human Resources for Silicon Valley Group, a semiconductor equipment manufacturer. Between 1994 and 2000, he 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.
Executive Vice President, Ocean Bottom Services
Colin Hulme joined ION in 2012 as Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing and in 2013 was promoted to Senior Vice President, Ocean Bottom Services, and appointed to serve as CEO 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 of 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.<
Mr. Hulme attended Columbia School of Business Marketing School and was educated in the UK in Mathematics and Physics.
Executive Vice President, Technology
Jacques P. Leveille has a proven history of delivering cutting-edge innovations in technology and integration to the global E&P market. He joined ION in 2010 and brings with him a broad industry perspective, with particular expertise in seismic technology and R&D applications.
Prior to joining the Shell Development Company at the Bellaire Research Center in Houston in 1982, Mr. Leveille served as research faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, focused primarily on elementary particle physics. He also completed doctoral studies and post-doctoral appointments at Imperial College in London and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1994, he joined Hess Corporation where he held many appointments, including Chief Geophysicist, until 2010. Mr. Leveille is also the current 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.
Matt Powers joined ION in 2013 as Senior Counsel and was promoted to Deputy General Counsel in 2016 and General Counsel in 2017. He has broad experience in energy, manufacturing and international transactions, as well as substantial experience in litigation and intellectual property matters.
Prior to joining ION, he practiced at top-tier international law firms, including the Houston offices of Sidley Austin LLP and Mayer Brown LLP, where he practiced in both transactional and litigation groups.
Matt is a 2003 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a 1998 graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Christine Conti Prize in Economics.