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 Chair

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 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, the Cyber Security company mnemonic, the robotics company wheel.me, the energy company HydrogenPro and 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 - Norway (1960)
Board member since 2013
Vice Chairperson (elected 2018)
Audit Committee Chair

Ms. Dalane is a senior executive at Yara International and previously held a number of senior positions at Norsk Hydro. She is currently Vice President of Global Finance Services at Yara International. Her previous experience covers a range of fields including HR as well as oil and gas. Within Yara, she has been CFO Crop Nutrition, regional manager for Latin America, and country manager for Argentina. Anne Grethe Dalane holds a master’s 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 of 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 positions within finance in Royal Dutch Shell. Recently, he has also held Group CFO and CEO positions in the privately-owned, financial services companies Lindorff and Lowell. Trond Brandsrud 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. Since 2018 he is the CEO of Frontera Energy Corporation in Bogota, Colombia. He started his career with Phillips Petroleum, then spent 19 years at 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 the Vice President of Exploration and subsequently as Executive Vice President of Technology. He then joined Talisman Energy in Calgary, Canada as Vice President for Exploration, before returning to BP in 2013 to join the upstream executive team as the Chief Operating Officer for Exploration. Richard Herbert retired from BP at the end of 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Bristol, UK.

 

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

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 U.S. Advisory Board for Kayrros and the Board of Directors in Allegheny Technologies Inc. She is also President of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics for the calendar year 2020.

Employee-elected Ordinary Board Members  

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

Ms. Valbø joined PGS in 2002 and is employed in our Sales and Services business area as Bid Manager Acquisition Commercials. She has previously held business controller positions within PGS. Prior to joining PGS, Ms. Valbø served in various auditing and accounting positions in Frontline Ltd. and DNB. Anette Valbø holds a bachelor's 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 Vice President Imaging, Eastern Hemisphere. 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 Rønholt holds a Master of Science in geology from the University of Tromsø, Norway.

   

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

Ms. Renshus is currently Vice President of Seismic Quality in our Operations business area. She joined PGS in 1995, initially working offshore as a seismic navigator and subsequently onshore in various technical and management positions. Hege Renshus holds a Master of Science in engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).