Board of Directors
James M. (Jay) Lapeyre Jr.
Chairman of the Board and President, Laitram Corporation
James M. Lapeyre, Jr. serves as ION’s Chairman of our Board of Directors, a position he held from 1999 until January 1, 2012, when he assumed the position of Lead Independent Director. He resumed the position of Chairman of the Board on December 31, 2012 and has been a Director since 1998.
Mr. Lapeyre is Chairman of the Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors.Since 1989, Mr. Lapeyre has been President of Laitram L.L.C., a privately held New Orleans-based manufacturer of food processing equipment and modular conveyor belts. He joined our Board of Directors when we acquired the DigiCOURSE marine positioning business from Laitram.
Mr. Lapeyre holds a Bachelor of Art in History from the University of Texas and Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Tulane University.
David H. Barr
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Logan International, Inc.
David Barr joined ION’s Board of Directors in December of 2010. Mr. Barr retired from Baker Hughes Incorporated, an oilfield services and equipment provider, in 2009 after serving for 36 years in various manufacturing, marketing, engineering, and product management functions.
Mr. Barr initially joined Hughes Tool Company in 1972, and until 2000, he held positions of increasing responsibility within Baker Hughes Inc. and its affiliates, including Vice President – Business Process Development. He was Vice President, Supply Chain Management for Cameron International Corporation from 1999 to 2000. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Barr was President of Baker Atlas, a division of Baker Hughes Inc. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Group President – Drilling and Evaluation, and from 2007 to 2009, he served as Group President – Completion & Production. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Barr was Group President – Eastern Hemisphere, responsible for all Baker Hughes products and services for Europe, Russia/Caspian, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.
Mr. Barr graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.
Chairman and CEO of Sherwood Energy, LLC
Mr. McGovern, age 67, joined ION’s Board of Directors in June 2019 and is also a member of the Compensation Committee. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Sherwood Energy, LLC, a private company focused on aggregating hydrocarbon reserves through ownership of working interests in oil and natural gas leases.
Mr. McGovern serves on the board of Cactus, Inc. (NYSE: WHD), a manufacturer and designer of wellheads and pressure control equipment, Nuverra Environmental Solutions (NYSE: NES), which provides delivery, recycling and disposal of materials generated in shale oil production, and Fibrant LLC a private company who is a manufacturer of Caprolactam that should compete the liquidation of the remaining assets by the end of 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Centenary College of Louisiana.
Mr. McGovern has more than forty years’ experience in oil and gas, and has served as a director and as an executive at multiple public and private companies. His energy and technology experience will be especially valuable as we execute on our long-term strategic vision, expand into new markets and continue to lead in delivering tools that empower data-driven decision making.
Controller, Next Wave Energy Partners
Ms. Wininger, age 50, joined ION’s Board of Directors in June 2019 and is also a member of the Audit Committee. She is the Controller at Next Wave Energy Partners, an independent energy company focused on midstream and downstream petrochemical and fuels assets.
Since 2010, Ms. Wininger has also served as the CFO, a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance committee for The Micah Project, a non-profit organization focused on at-risk young men in Honduras. From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Wininger was the Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President of Accounting of Plains All American Pipeline, a Fortune 100 company listed on the NYSE, which had approximately $25 billion in annual revenues and $4 billion of market cap during her tenure. She also served as their Controller from 2000 to 2005. From 1997 to 2000, Ms. Wininger lived in Venezuela and served as a consultant to Conoco de Venezuela S.A. on their exploration project in La Ceiba. From 1994 to 1997, she was the Controller of Plains Resources Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company. From 1991 to 1994, she worked at Arthur Andersen & Co. in their oil and gas audit practice in New Orleans and the surrounding areas.
Ms. Wininger is a successful corporate executive with over 20 years’ experience in energy, spanning upstream, midstream and downstream sectors as well as petrochemicals. While her primary responsibility has been public company accounting and reporting, Ms. Wininger has also participated in establishing corporate vision, strategy and goals as a member of senior management, and been instrumental in realizing those goals in various ways including the integration of numerous acquired businesses and related capital raising activities. Ms. Wininger brings a wealth of industry knowledge, financial acumen and management experience to the team.
Ms. Wininger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Tulane University.
S. James Nelson Jr.
Former Vice Chairman, Cal Dive International, Inc. (now Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.)
S. James Nelson, Jr. joined our Board of Directors in August 2004. Mr. Nelson, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, is Chairman of the Audit Committee and co-Chairman of the Finance Committee of our Board of Directors.From 1966 to 1980, Mr. Nelson was employed by Arthur Andersen & Company.
Beginning in 1980, Mr. Nelson served as Chief Financial Officer of Apache Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company. From 1985 to 1988, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Diversified Energies, Inc. In 1990, he joined Cal Dive International Inc. (currently Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.), a marine contractor and operator of offshore oil and gas properties and production facilities. During his 14 years at Cal Dive, he served as Chief Financial Officer from 1990 to 2000, Vice Chairman from 2000 to 2004, and as a Director from 1990 to 2004. Since retiring in 2004, Mr. Nelson continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Oil States International, Inc., and the Board of Directors and Audit and Compensation Committees of W&T Offshore, Inc., and the general partner of Genesis Energy LP. From 2005 until its sale in 2008, Mr. Nelson also served as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit and Compensation Committees of Quintana Maritime, Ltd.
Mr. Nelson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Holy Cross College and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gulfslope Energy Corporation
John N. Seitz joined our Board of Directors in 2003. Mr. Seitz is the founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Endeavour International Corporation, an E&P company with a North Sea focus.From 1977 to 2003, Mr. Seitz held positions of increasing responsibility at Anadarko Petroleum Company, serving most recently as a Director and as President and Chief Executive Officer.
From 2003 until 2006, Mr. Seitz served as co-CEO of Endeavor. He is a Trustee of the American Geological Institute Foundation and also serves on the Board of Managers of Constellation Energy Partners LLC, a company focused on the acquisition, development and exploitation of oil and natural gas properties and related midstream assets. Ltd.
Mr. Seitz holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a Certified Professional Geoscientist in Texas. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Graduate School of Business.
Executive Vice President, BGP Inc., China National Petroleum Corporation
Zheng Huasheng joined ION’s Board of Directors in 2018.
Mr. Huasheng started his career in 1986 with BGP Inc., China National Petroleum Corporation. As one of BGP’s pioneers for its international business development circa 1994, he has been deeply involved in the company’s global expansion.
In 2005, Mr. Huasheng was promoted to Assistant President of BGP and President of BGP International, and in 2010, he was promoted to Vice President of BGP. Starting in 2017, he serves as the Executive Vice President of BGP.
Mr. Huasheng holds Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Finance from the Sichuan Petroleum Finance Institute and Henan Finance Institute. He was also awarded a Masters of Business Administration from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.