Board of Directors Biographies

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

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Walter Qvam

Chairperson  since 2016 | Board Member since 2013 | Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee Chairperson | Shareholding: 135 000

Walter Qvam has held leading positions in various prominent Norwegian and international businesses in a variety of fields, including as the president and chief executive officer of Kongsberg Group ASA, oil and gas and shipping (Det Norske Veritas), IT (Capgemini), transportation (the Norwegian state railway) and consultancy (Gemini Consulting). Mr. Qvam chairs the boards of the research organization SINTEF, the cybersecurity company mnemonic, the robotics company wheel.me, and the innovation hub DigitalNorway. He is also a board member of the energy and infrastructure company CapeOmega. Mr. Qvam graduated Master of Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Anne Grethe Dalane

Vice Chairperson since 2018 | Board Member since 2013 | Audit Committee Chairperson | Shareholding: 73 000

Anne Grethe Dalane is VP of Finance Data & Development at Yara International and has held a number of senior positions at Norsk Hydro. 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 for Latin America, and country manager of Argentina at Yara. She serves as a director of BW LPG and Arendal Fossekompani ASA. Ms. Dalane’s background is in economics, and she holds a business degree from the Norwegian School of Economics NHH.

Richard Herbert

Board Member since 2017 | Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee Member | Shareholding: 70 000

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

Marianne Kah

Board Member since 2018 | Audit Committee Member | Shareholding: 53 589

Marianne Kah was the chief economist of ConocoPhillips for 25 years until her retirement in 2017 and was a member of the strategy committee, 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, she joined the board of directors at Allegheny Technologies Inc. Kah has served as president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and currently co-chairs the Energy Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics.

Trond Brandsrud

Board Member since 2019 | Audit Committee Member | Shareholding: 90 000

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

Ebrahim Attarzadeh

Board member since 2022 | Audit Committee Member | Shareholding: 140 000

Ebrahim Attarzadeh was, until recently, CEO of Stifel Europe Bank AG (formerly Mainfirst) and is currently in the process of setting up an advisory company. He has held several roles in Deutsche Bank and various leadership roles within Mainfirst, both in Frankfurt, London, Zurich, and New York. In addition to PGS, he has a supervisory board position at MusicBird AG. Mr. Attarzadeh holds a master's in economic science from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. He is a German citizen residing in Switzerland.

Shona Grant

Board member since 2022 | Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee Member | Shareholding: 30 000

Shona Grant is the chairperson at qWave AS and a non-executive director at Hydrawell AS. She has previously served as a non-executive director at Gulf Marine Services Plc and for various pioneering technology companies, including Bluware Corporation. Dr. Grant has enjoyed a long career in leadership roles at BP, including as a Performance Unit leader in Norway, following which she served as CEO of 2TD Drilling AS (now part of Nabors Industries). Dr. Grant is a geologist by training with a Ph.D. from the University of Leicester. She is a UK citizen residing in Norway.

Employee Elected Ordinary Board Members  

Anette Valbø

Board Member since 2015 | Audit Committee Member | Shareholding: 7 142

Anette 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 at Frontline Ltd. and DNB. Ms. Valbø holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and auditing from Molde University College, Norway.

Gunhild Myhr

Board Member since 2021 | Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee Member

Gunhild Myhr joined PGS in 1992 and is the Business Development Manager for Wind in our New Energy business area, where she seeks growth and value potential in energy transition markets using PGS technology and data. She has previously served in a variety of senior sales roles. She has offshore experience from processing seismic data on PGS vessels and, earlier in her career, managed our seismic imaging center in Oslo. Gunhild holds an M.Sc. in Geophysics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Eivind Versterås

Board Member since 2021 | Remuneration and Audit Committee Member | Shareholding: 153 500

Eivind 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 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.