Executive Management

Rune O Pedersen

Rune O. Pedersen (1970)
President & CEO

Mr. Pedersen has been with PGS since October 2010. He joined the Company as General Counsel and head of legal. His responsibilities were expanded in 2014 to include communication, strategic customer relations, and marketing, then further expanded in 2015 to also encompass corporate development. Prior to joining PGS, Mr. Pedersen served for four years as a partner in the law firm Arntzen de Besche, specializing in oil and gas, and previous to that worked as a lawyer and associate in the same firm. He started his career as a junior research fellow at the University of Oslo and has also served as a deputy judge in a District Court of Norway. Mr. Pedersen earned his law degree from the University of Oslo, and holds a post graduate diploma in European competition law from Kings College London. In 2014 he completed an executive MBA at London Business School.


Gottfred LangsethGottfred Langseth (1966) 
Executive Vice President and CFO

Mr. Langseth joined PGS in November 2003 and was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer January 1, 2004. He was Chief Financial Officer at the information technology company Ementor ASA from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Langseth was Senior Vice President Finance and Control at the offshore construction company Aker Maritime ASA from 1997 to 2000. He served with Arthur Andersen Norway from 1991 to 1997, qualifying as a Norwegian state authorized public accountant in 1993. Mr. Langseth has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.


Sverre StrandenesSverre Strandenes (1956)
Executive Vice President MultiClient

Mr. Strandenes joined PGS in 1995 and has a very broad experience as a leader, having served in key management roles in technology, research, marketing, sales, and general management within the group, including Group President, Data Processing and Technology and President Marine Geophysical EAME Region. Prior to joining PGS, he was Manager of Geosciences with Norsk Hydro Research Centre. Mr. Strandenes graduated with a master's degree in Geophysics from the University of Bergen in 1981. Sverre Strandenes is currently Chairman of the Board at NORSAR and a non-executive director of Asimuth Ltd.


Magne Reiersgard, OperationsMagne Reiersgard (1961)
Executive Vice President Marine Contract

Mr. Reiersgard joined PGS at its inception in 1990 and has served in a number of key management roles within the PGS group worldwide, most notably as Vice President Marine Acquisition, President Marine Geophysical Asia Pacific Region, and President Marine Geophysical North and South America Region and Executive Vice President Operations, before assuming his current position as Executive Vice President Marine Contract. Prior to joining PGS, he held various management positions within the survey division of Geoteam AS. Since 2005 Magne has been a member of the Board of the International Association Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), he served as Chairman of IAGC in 2006 and 2007. Mr. Reiersgard holds a degree in electronics from Agder University, Norway and a business degree from BI Norwegian School of Management.


Per Arild ReksnesPer Arild Reksnes (1957)
Executive Vice President Operations

Mr. Reksnes became EVP in April 2010, initially running the New Ventures area and then our Marine Contract business area, before taking overall responsibility for Operations. From 2007 - 2010 he was President for Europe, Africa, Middle East and CIS in PGS Marine. Previous to that he was variously, President for Technology, Vice President for Profiling and Marketing, and Vice President Technical Marketing. He joined PGS in 2001 from Norsk Hydro where he was employed for 16 years in a variety of geophysical and management positions, latterly in the position of Chief Professional in Geophysics. Mr. Reksnes holds a Master's degree in Applied Geophysics from the University of Oslo, and Master's degree in Technology Management from MIT/NTH.


Other Corporate Management 

Terje Bjølseth, Global HR

Nathan Oliver, SVP Client Engagement

Terje Bjølseth

SVP Global Human

Joanna Oustad

SVP Health, Safety,
Environment & Quality

Nathan Oliver

SVP Client Engagement