Board of Directors

James (Jay) Lapeyre Jr.
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.

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Mike McGovern
Mike McGovern
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.

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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.

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Gary Pittman
Gary Pittman
Managing Director, Opportune’s Restructuring Practice

Gary Pittman joined ION’s Board of Directors in 2021 and is a member of the Audit Committee.  Mr. Pittman has over 30 years of corporate experience, including executive experience in the multi-client seismic data library business, and has advised both public and private companies in the energy and chemicals industries.  Presently he is a Managing Director in Opportune’s Restructuring practice.  

Prior to joining Opportune, Gary served as CFO for Geokinetics Inc. Mr. Pittman has served as Chief Financial Officer of several public and private companies in various sectors, and has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, divestments, IPOs, lease and project finance, and debt restructurings.  

Mr. Pittman earned his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

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John Seitz
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.

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Zhang ShaoHua
General Manager, BGP Inc., China National Petroleum Corporation

Zhang ShaoHua joined ION’s Board of Directors in 2021.

Mr. Zhang is currently General Manager of BGP, the world's largest land seismic contractor. Having spent over 30 years in the seismic industry, he has a strong technical background as well as significant management experience.

Mr. Zhang began his career at BGP in geophysics and held three key technology Director roles running the Acquisition Technical Department, Science and Technology Department, and finally the R&D Center. In 2018, he was promoted to Chief Geophysicist of BGP.

Mr. Zhang holds a Master’s degree in Geophysical Prospecting from Changchun College of Geology (presently Jilin University) and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of South Alabama.

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Chris Usher
President and Chief Executive Officer

Chris Usher brings over thirty years of leadership in the geophysical industry and hands-on experience in the fields of seismic data processing and imaging, new product commercialization, and software development.

Mr. Usher began his career in field operations at Western Geophysical. In 2000, he moved to Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) in London and served as President of its global data processing division until 2004. From 2004 to 2005, he served as Senior Corporate Vice President, Integrated Services, at Paradigm Geotechnology in London. In 2005, Mr. Usher joined Landmark Software and Services, a division of Halliburton, as Senior Director. From 2010 until 2012, Mr. Usher served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Global Geophysical. Mr. Usher joined ION in December 2012 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ION's GX Technology group and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer in February 2015.

Mr. Usher is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and geophysics.

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