Polarcus Leadership

Board of Directors

Chairman (b. 1948)

Peter Rigg Chairman (b. 1948)

Peter Rigg has an extensive background in investment banking with more than 25 years’ experience working in Asia and Europe, principally for Credit Suisse First Boston as Worldwide Managing Director responsible for Asian Equity Capital Markets. Peter is a qualified Solicitor. He is currently the non-executive Chairman of MXC Capital plc, an AIM listed technology investment company and is a non-executive Director of Schroder’s Oriental Income Fund where he serves as Chairman of the Audit and Management Engagement Committees. Peter is also a board director of Cartesius Advisory Network,a Swiss corporate and strategic advisory company and of GEMS Fund III, a private equity fund specilising in Asia, and he is a member of the Advisory Board of South West Energy, a privately owned Company with oil interests in Ethiopia.

(b. 1961)

Karen El-Tawil (b. 1961)

Karen El-Tawil has spent 30 years in the seismic industry. She was most recently VP Business Development for TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA, responsible for investor relations, M&A and corporate marketing. Previously she has managed multi-client sales for TGS, and exploration services and multi-client sales for Schlumberger Geco-Prakla. She has extensive experience of the international geophysical sector. She has a degree in earth science and mathematics from Adrian College, Michigan. Karen is a Board member of Pulse Seismic Inc, an onshore multi-client company traded on the Toronto exchange.

(b. 1972)

Peter Zickerman (b. 1972)

Peter Zickerman has two decades of valuable experience in the seismic industry. He was the Founder of Eastern Echo Ltd where he held the position of Executive Vice President & Business Development and was a member of the board. In 2008 he founded Polarcus Ltd. where he held the position as Executive Vice President & Head of Strategic Investments until February 2016, and was also a member of the board between 2008 and 2012. His experience covers both maritime and seismic operations, strategy and commerce. Peter holds a B.Sc. in Marine Engineering from Kalmar Maritime Academy, Linnaeus University, Sweden.

(b. 1952)

Nicholas Smith (b. 1952)

Nicholas Smith is a Chartered Accountant with a long-term career in investment banking and as CFO of Asian investment bank Jardine Fleming Group. He has had a successful non-executive track record in the public E&P sector and investment trusts, including seven years as Chairman of Ophir Energy plc, and as board member for several other AIM listed companies. He is currently Chairman of Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust; Chairman of Schroder Asia Pacific Investment Fund, where he was previously Chair of Audit and Senior Independent Director; and a board member for JPMorgan European Small Companies Investment Trust PLC where he is also Chair of Audit.

(b. 1974)

Tom Henning Slethei (b. 1974)

Tom Henning Slethei has been an investor in the stock and bond market over almost two decades. He is Chairman and owner of various companies within real estate and finance. He has extensive Board experience including as Chair of the nomination and compensation committees, Noreco ASA, as Chairman of the Board, Jåsund Utviklingsselskap AS and Sola Bredband AS, and as a Director at Forus Naeringspark.

(b. 1970)

Erik M Mathiesen (b. 1970)

Erik M Mathiesen is the SVP Business Development at Siem Industries. Previously a founding partner of Storm Capital Management, London, an independent asset management firm focusing on energy, transportation and real estate in the Nordics. He was also CEO of Storm Real Estate ASA. He has worked in corporate finance advisory in shipping and oil services as a partner for EC Hambro Rabben, London and in corporate banking at Hambros Bank, London.

Executive Management

Chief Executive Officer (b. 1972)

Duncan Eley Chief Executive Officer (b. 1972) Chief Executive Officer (b. 1972)

Duncan has over 15 years of experience in the seismic industry. He worked with WesternGeco for 10 years supporting marine seismic operations in Europe, West Africa and North America. Duncan has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) from Monash University in Australia. In 2006 he completed his MBA at Erasmus University in Holland. Prior to joining Polarcus in 2009, Duncan worked for several years with strategy consultancy firm, L.E.K. Consulting, across the energy, transport and natural resources sectors.

Chief Financial Officer (b. 1980)

Hans Peter Burlid Chief Financial Officer (b. 1980) Chief Financial Officer (b. 1980)

Hans-Peter has over 10 years of experience in the seismic industry and was formerly Senior Manager, Business Development and co-founder of Eastern Echo Ltd. His experience covers business development, finance and accounting. Hans-Peter holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.

General Counsel & Company Secretary (b. 1970)

Caleb Raywood General Counsel & Company Secretary (b. 1970) General Counsel & Company Secretary (b. 1970)

With almost 20 years of commercial experience, Caleb most recently acted as General Counsel and sat on the Board of Directors for Sea Trucks Group. Prior to this, Caleb worked for several years at an international law firm in London and Dubai specialising in shipping and maritime issues. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in English and European Law from the University of Essex (UK) and a Master’s Degree in European Business Law from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, he leads our team of lawyers as a qualified Barrister and Solicitor Advocate.

SVP People & Business Services (b. 1977)

Tamzin Steel SVP People & Business Services (b. 1977) SVP People & Business Services (b. 1977)

Tamzin has over 15 years’ experience working in global multinational companies in the oil & gas industry. Prior to joining the Polarcus team, Tamzin held senior leadership positions, with a focus on Human Resources and organisational change, most recently working for Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA). Tamzin holds a Bachelor’s Degree (with Honors) in Business Studies from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Senior Management


Chief Geophysicist (b. 1952)

Phil Fontana Chief Geophysicist (b. 1952) Chief Geophysicist (b. 1952)

Phil has more than 35 years of experience in the seismic industry. Prior to joining Polarcus in 2008 he held senior technical management positions in the geosciences organizations of Western Geophysical, Veritas, and CGGVeritas, He has worked on projects and with clients in all three of the main operational regions of the world. From 1998 until 2006, Phil was a joint instructor for the SEG continuing education course “Planning and Executing a Marine 3-D Seismic Survey”. Phil holds a BS degree in Geology and a MS degree in Geophysics, both from the University of Connecticut.

SVP Operational & Geophysical Support

Paul Bidmead SVP Operational & Geophysical Support SVP Operational & Geophysical Support

Paul has over 26 years of experience in the seismic industry. Starting his career offshore with WesternGeco, Schlumberger as a Field Navigator in 1991 after graduating from Portsmouth Polytechnic having studied Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining Polarcus, Paul has held several management positions within WesternGeco, most recently Segment Operations Integrity and Transformation Manager based in the UK.

VP Sales & Marketing

John Scott VP Sales & Marketing VP Sales & Marketing

John has more than 25-years of seismic industry experience. John joined WesternGeco in 1992 and worked internationally for 14-years in different managerial roles within operations, sales and business development. In 2013 joined Polarcus from Kazakhstan where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Caspian Services Inc. a publically listed oil field services company. John has a Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Mapping Sciences from the University of East London.


Richard Price VP NASA VP NASA

Richard has 40 years of experience in the marine seismic industry, starting his career as a field geophysicist in 1976 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology & Oceanography and completing three years of research in Marine Geophysics at Swansea University in Wales. In 1979 he became co-owner and Technical Director of a high resolution marine seismic company. In 1991 Richard joined Digicon in Houston as the manager of the marine acquisition technology group and subsequently transferred to Singapore in 1996, where he was responsible for the marine business unit for the Asia Pacific Region. He held senior management positions in the marine geoscience organizations of Veritas, CGG and CGGVeritas, in Singapore, London, Houston and Paris, before joining Polarcus in Houston in 2008, to manage the North & South American business unit.



Iain is a graduate in Geology with Geophysics from the University of Liverpool, and has more than 30 years of diverse experience in the seismic industry. His experience is primarily in multi-client geophysical operations and business development with Polarcus and previously PGS, in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has held several management positions within the company both in Dubai and now London, where he manages the Europe, Africa and Middle East business unit.



Jai is a graduate in Applied Environmental Geology with a Master of Science in Oceanography, and has almost 20 years of diversified experience in the seismic industry. He began his career as a QC & Processing Geophysicist for Veritas where he was based offshore and in the UK. He then relocated to Perth, Australia to become a Project Geophysicist for CGG before joining Polarcus in 2010 as Sales Manager. He has held senior management positions within the Marketing, Sales and Multi-Client departments in the company in both Dubai and Singapore, where he is now based.