Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the administration, development, and supervision
of PGS business activities.

Walter Kvam

Walter Qvam 
Chairperson (Elected 2016)
Board Member since 2013
Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee Chairperson
Shareholding: 35 000

Mr. Qvam was the president and chief executive officer of Kongsberg Group ASA, and he has held leading positions in various prominent Norwegian and international businesses in a variety of fields, including oil and gas, and shipping, (Det Norske Veritas), IT (Capgemini), transportation (the Norwegian state railway) and consultancy (Gemini Consulting). In addition to his role as chairperson of PGS, Mr. Qvam chairs the boards of the research organization SINTEF,  cyber-security company mnemonic, robotics company wheel.me, energy company HydrogenPro, and the digital innovation hub DigitalNorway. He also chairs the Council of Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas. Mr. Qvam graduated Master of Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).



Anne Grethe DalaneAnne Grethe Dalane
Vice Chairperson (Elected 2018)
Board Member since 2013
Audit Committee Chairperson
Shareholding: 48 000

Ms. Dalane is a senior leader at Yara International and previously held a number of senior positions at Norsk Hydro. She is currently VP Global Financial Services. Her previous experience covers a range of fields including human resources as well as oil and gas. She has been the chief financial officer for Crop Nutrition, region director Latin America, and country manager of Argentina at Yara. She serves as a director of BW LPG. Ms. Dalane’s background is in economics and she holds a business degree from the Norwegian School of Economics NHH.

 Richard HerbertRichard Herbert
Board member since 2017
Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee Member
Shareholding: 9 500

Mr. Herbert is a petroleum geologist with 40 years of experience in the global upstream industry. His career started with Phillips Petroleum. He spent 19 years at BP, in senior international exploration and development positions in southeast Asia, Latin America, the USA, and Angola, as well as the UK North Sea. From 2003-2008 he worked for TNK-BP in Russia, as the exploration vice-president and subsequently as executive vice president of technology. From 2009-13, he was exploration vice president of Talisman Energy in Canada. He returned to BP from 2013 until the end of 2016, as the chief operating officer for exploration. In 2017, he joined the board of Frontera Energy Corporation, then from 2018 until March 2021 became their chief executive officer, based in Bogota, Colombia. Richard Herbert holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Bristol in the UK.

Marianne KahMarianne Kah
Board member since 2018
Audit Committee Member
Shareholding: 28 589

Ms. Kah was the chief economist of ConocoPhillips for 25 years retiring in November 2017. She was a member of the strategy committee of ConocoPhillips and was responsible for oil and gas market outlooks, scenario planning, and assessing disruptive risks to the company. She was also involved with planning and participating in strategy meetings with ConocoPhillips’ board of directors. She currently serves on the advisory board of the University of Texas Energy Institute, and she is an adjunct senior research scholar and member of the advisory board of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. In 2019, Kah joined the board of directors in Allegheny Technologies Inc. She was past president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics for the calendar year 2019, and currently co-chairs the Energy Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics.

Trond BrandsrudTrond Brandsrud
Board Member since 2019
Audit Committee Member 
Shareholding: 60 000

Mr. Brandsrud is an advisor as well as a board member and non-executive director of several listed and private-equity-owned companies. These include Aker BP, where he chairs the audit and risk committee, and Lowell, where he chairs the Audit Committee as well as the Risk Committee and serves as a member of the audit and remuneration committees. Brandsrud has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has served as group chief financial officer (CFO) at both Aker and Seadrill, and has held a wide range of senior financial positions in Royal Dutch Shell. Recently, he has also held group CFO and CEO positions in privately-owned companies Lindorff and Lowell, in the financial services sector. He currently serves as an interim CFO of Waterise on a part-time basis. Trond Brandsrud is a Norwegian citizen and holds a master’s degree from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).


Employee Elected Ordinary Board Members  

Anette ValbøAnette Valbø
Employee Elected Board member since 2015
Audit Committee Member
Shareholding: 7 142

Ms. Valbø joined PGS in 2002. Her current position is Bid Manager. She has previously held various business controller positions within Marine Contract and Operations business area. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Valbø served in various positions within auditing and accounting in Frontline Ltd. and DNB. Ms. Valbø holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and auditing from Molde University College, Norway.

 

Gunhild MyhrGunhild Myhr
Employee Elected Board member since 2021 
Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee Member

Ms. Myhr joined PGS in 1992 and is Vice President Business Development for Europe, tasked with finding opportunities for our fleet of seismic vessels, both in the external contract market and as assets in integrated PGS initiatives. She also works with government liaison and in developing growth and value potential using PGS seismic and operational technology. She has previously served in a variety of senior sales roles. Earlier, she was stationed offshore, processing seismic data on PGS vessels, and has also managed our seismic imaging center in Oslo. Gunhild holds an M.Sc. in Geophysics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

 


Eivind VesteraasEivind Versterås

Employee Elected Board member since 2021
Audit Committee Member
Shareholding: 103 500

Mr. Versterås joined PGS in 2008 as a geophysicist, first offshore and then based in Oslo, analyzing both seismic and electromagnetic data. He is currently a Special Projects Manager in our Operations division. He has worked in research, operations, and sales support roles, with experience that spans from the development of technical solutions through to their introduction to the market. Since 2018, he has been the chief union representative of Tekna in our Oslo office. Eivind holds an M.Sc. in applied physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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