Board of Directors

Profiles of our board members, length of tenure and their committee responsibilities. Details of their PGS shareholdings are available on our IR pages (see link below).

Walter Kvam

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

Walter was previously 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, shipping (DNV – Det Norske Veritas), IT (Capgemini), transportation (the Norwegian state railway) and consultancy (Gemini Consulting). He is the chairperson of the Council of Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas, of Digital Norway, and the research organization SINTEF.  Walter Qvam graduated M.Sc. from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 


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

Anne Grethe is currently Vice President Global Financial Services at Yara International and previously held a number of senior positions at Norsk Hydro.  Her experience covers a range of fields including human resources, as well as oil and gas. At Yara, she has been the CFO for Crop Nutrition, Regional Director Latin America, and Country Manager Argentina. Anne Grethe Dalane’s education 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
Member Remuneration Committee

Trond 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
Member Audit Committee

Richard is currently CEO of Frontera, however, he started his career with Phillips Petroleum.  He spent 19 years with BP working on international exploration and development projects, including 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 Vice President Exploration and subsequently as Executive Vice President Technology. He then joined Talisman Energy in Calgary, Canada as Vice President Exploration, before returning to BP in 2013 to join the upstream executive team as their Chief Operating Officer for Exploration. Richard Herbert holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Bristol, UK. 


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

Marianne was the Chief Economist of ConocoPhillips, from 1992 to 2017, and a member of the company’s corporate strategy committee. She has managed corporate planning for Cabot Corporation, and held various positions in Conoco and U.S. Synthetic Fuel Corp; she was also a policy analyst for the US General Accounting Office. Currently, she is a senior research scholar and member of the advisory board at Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy; a member of the US Advisory Board for Kayrros, and the advisory board of the University of Texas Energy Institute; president-elect of the US Association for Energy Economics and head of its strategic planning group; 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
Member Audit Committee

Anette joined PGS in 2002 and her current position is Bid Manager, Operations & Technology. She has previously worked as a financial controller for several PGS business areas. Prior to joining PGS, Ms. Valbø served in various auditing and accounting positions for Frontline and DNB. Anette Valbø holds a B.Sc. in Accounting and Auditing from Molde University College, Norway.


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

Grunde 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 
Member Audit Committee 

Hege joined PGS in 1995 and is currently employed as Senior Navigation Specialist, Operations & Technology. She initially worked offshore as a seismic navigator, and subsequently in various technical and management positions within operations based in the Oslo office. Hege Renshus holds an M.Sc. in Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.