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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mike Morrison has over 25 years of experience in finance, accounting and management. In his 17-year tenure with ION, Mike held a variety of senior positions in finance, treasury and accounting and supported a number of capital market transactions.
Prior to joining ION, Mr. Morrison was Director of Accounting providing transaction support for an energy trading company and also served as Audit Manager at Deloitte.
Mr. Morrison holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Matt Powers joined ION in 2013 as Senior Counsel and was promoted to Deputy General Counsel in 2016 and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2017. He has broad experience in energy, manufacturing and international transactions, as well as substantial experience in litigation and intellectual property matters.
Prior to joining ION, he practiced at top-tier international law firms, including the Houston offices of Sidley Austin LLP and Mayer Brown LLP, where he practiced in both transactional and litigation groups.
Matt is a 2003 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a 1998 graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Christine Conti Prize in Economics.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, E&P Technology & Services
Ken Williamson brings to ION broad international experience in the seismic industry. Mr. Williamson joined ION in 2006 to lead the development and expansion of our data library programs and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Commercialization in February 2015.
Between 1987 and 2006, Mr. Williamson was employed in various positions by Western Geophysical, which in 2000 became part of WesternGeco, a seismic solutions and technology subsidiary of Schlumberger. While at WesternGeco, he served as Vice President, Marketing from 2001 to 2003; Vice President, Russia and Caspian Region from 2003 to 2005; and Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Commercialization of WesternGeco's electromagnetic services and technology division from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Williamson joined ION in 2006 as Vice President of our GeoVentures group and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2012.
Mr. Williamson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics from Cardiff University in Wales.
Executive Vice President, Operations Optimization
Dale Lambert has over 30 years of multi-disciplinary engineering and management experience leading the development and commercialization of multi-million dollar offshore products and systems. He is a significant contributor to ION’s intellectual property portfolio, creating innovative solutions that meet the technical and business challenges of our clients.
Mr. Lambert began his career at Thompson Equipment Company, where he held various engineering and management roles spanning a decade that culminated in an EVP position responsible for engineering, sales, marketing and manufacturing. There he was involved in many automation projects involving early implementations of artificial intelligence. Next Dale became Engineering Manager for DigiCOURSE, which ION acquired in 1998. He held engineering positions with increasing levels of responsibility between 1998-2014 in ION’s marine equipment group, where he oversaw R&D, product design and systems engineering. From 2015-2019, Mr. Lambert served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of ION’s Marine Systems group. In 2020, Dale was promoted to Executive Vice President of our Operations Optimization group, which includes P&L responsibility for our software and equipment businesses.
Mr. Lambert is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a Master’s in Engineering and Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in both Electrical and Controls Engineering.
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources
With 20 years of Human Resources experience, Lisa Ruiz is applying her knowledge, experience and passion to help shape the unique culture of technology and innovation at ION. Prior to her current title of Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Ms. Ruiz previously held positions as Vice President and Director of Human Resources at ION. She joined ION in 2016.
Ms. Ruiz has had progressive HR experience since 2001, spanning industries from healthcare to technology to oil and gas. Her experience includes the roles of HR Manager at RMI Physician Services between 2003 and 2007 and Director and Sr. Director of Human Resources at White Fence from 2007 to 2014. More recently, Ms. Ruiz served as HR Director at Global Geophysical Services in 2014 and Chem Rock Technologies in 2015. She obtained a Professional in Human Resources certification in 2006 and a became Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certified Professional in 2020.
Ms. Ruiz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Human Resource Management, from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.