Board of Directors

Profiles of our board members, length of tenure and their committee responsibilities.
See details of their PGS shareholdings.

Walter Kvam

Walter Qvam - Norway (1953)
Board member since 2013
Chairperson (elected 2016)
Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee Member

Mr. Qvam was the President and CEO of Kongsberg Group ASA, and he has held leading positions in various prominent Norwegian and international businesses in a variety of fields, including oil & gas and shipping, (DNV; 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 is also the Chairperson of the Council of Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas and the Chairperson of the Board of the research organization SINTEF. Mr. Qvam graduated Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1979).

 

Anne Grethe DalaneAnne Grethe Dalane - Norway (1960)
Board member since 2013
Vice Chairperson (elected 2018)
Audit Committee Member 

Ms. Dalane is a Senior Executive at Yara International and previously held a number of senior positions at Norsk Hydro. She is currently Chief Financial Officer Crop Nutrition at Yara International. Her previous experience covers a range of fields including HR as well as oil and gas. She has been Region Director Latin America and Country Manager of Argentina. Ms. Dalane’s background is in economics and she holds a business degree from the Norwegian School of Economics NHH.

  

Trond BrandsrudTrond Brandsrud - Norway (1958)
Board member since 2019
Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee Member

Mr. Brandsrud is 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 serves as a member of the audit and remuneration committees. Brandsrud has 30 years’ experience from the oil and gas industry. He has served as Group 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. Trond Brandsrud is a Norwegian citizen and holds a master’s degree from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

  

Richard HerbertRichard Herbert - UK (1958)
Board member since 2017
Audit Committee Member

Mr. Herbert is a petroleum geologist who has worked in the global upstream industry for more than 35 years. He is currently CEO of Frontera. He started his career with Phillips Petroleum, then spent 19 years with BP working on international exploration and development projects with senior positions in Thailand, Mexico, USA, Colombia, and Angola as well as the UK North Sea. From 2003-2008 he worked for TNK-BP in Russia, first as Exploration Vice-President and subsequently as Executive Vice President of Technology. He then joined Talisman Energy in Calgary, Canada as Exploration Vice President before returning to BP in 2013 to join the upstream executive team as Chief Operating Officer, Exploration. Richard Herbert retired from BP at the end of 2016. He holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Bristol in the UK.

 

Marianne KahMarianne Kah - USA (1953)
Board member since 2018
Audit Committee Member

Ms. Kah was the Chief Economist of ConocoPhillips from 1992 to 2017, she was also a member of the company’s Corporate Strategy Committee. Prior to this, she was a manager of Corporate Planning for Cabot Corporation, and held various positions in Conoco and U.S. Synthetic Fuel Corp, and was a policy analyst for the US General Accounting Office. She is currently a Senior Research Scholar and member of the advisory board at Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy and a member of the advisory board of the University of Texas Energy Institute; past president of the US Association for Energy Economics; co-chair of the energy Roundtable for the national Association for Business Economics and a member of the board of directors of Allegheny Technologies Inc.

 

Employee elected Ordinary Board Members  

Anette ValbøAnette Valbø - Norway (1968)
Board member since 2015
Audit Committee Member

Ms. Valbø joined PGS in 2002. Her current position is Bid Manager. She has previously held varius 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 degree in accounting and auditing from Molde University College, Norway.

 

Grunde RønholtGrunde Rønholt - Norway (1972)
Board member since 2019 
Member Remuneration Committee

Mr. Rønholt joined PGS in 2011 to work with advanced imaging technology. He is currently Area Manager for Imaging Operations, based in Oslo. He has worked with seismic imaging and processing services for more than 20 years, first with multi-component data at READ Well Services, and later with towed streamer data at CGG. Grunde holds an M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Tromsø.

   

Hege RenshusHege Renshus - Norway (1968)
Board member since 2017 
Audit Committee Member

Ms. Renshus is Senior Navigation Specialist in PGS. She joined PGS in 1995, initially working offshore as a seismic navigator and subsequently in the Oslo office, in various technical and management positions. Ms. Renshus holds an M.Sc. in Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.