Board of directors

Paal Johnsen

Paal Johnsen

Board Member

Paal Johnsen holds an MBA degree from Norwegian School of Economics (“NHH”). He joined Akastor as Group Executive Vice President in May 2015, and has extensive experience at management and board level in various companies in industry and finance, including Carnegie ASA and Alden AS. He is currently also chairman of the board in AKOFS Offshore and Step Oiltools, and board member in Mybank ASA, Fjords Processing and Avium Subsea.

Vidar Hovland

Vidar Hovland

Board Member and CEO

Seasoned seismic industry veteran with over 30 years senior management and operational experience. Last position as President of Marine Aquisition for PGS with overall responsibility for the worlds most advanced and efficient seismic vessel fleet. Previously he was Managing Director for Fugro-Geoteams seismic business and held various management positions in the build up of Fugro-Geoteams seismic and ROV business areas.

Øystein Matre

Øystein Matre

Board Member

Øystein Matre, born November 12, 1960, is one of the founders of Westcon Group and was CEO since inception in 1982 to 2012. From 2012, Matre has been CEO of Westcon Yards, covering business areas ship repairs, newbuildings, rig services and subsea installations.

Geir Jenssen

Geir Jenssen

Board Member

Geir Jenssen is Managing Director in Elreg AS, a company located in Oslo, Norway. Today Geir is responsible for design of electronic printed circuits boards in addition to supply chain management and business development. He previously worked as a consultant in CAD-Service as a designer of electronics for customers such as Phillips, Siemens, Ulstein, Cerberus and ABB that resulted in many hundreds of new electronic designs and developments nationally and internationally.

Jørn Chritiansen

Jørn Chritiansen

Board Member

Jørn Christiansen holds a degree as Dipl. Geophysicist from TU Clausthal, Germany. He has 39 years industry experience in applied geophysics from oil company, O&G service industry and mineral prospecting business. He is also board member in various companies. Since 2017 he has served as independent consultant with special focus on Multi Client business development and geophysical technology development. Christensen is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Drammen, Norway.

Robert Basili

Robert Basili

Board Member

Basili is American citizen and has worked in Norway since 1997, primarily in management consulting, business development and communication. Basili´s industry reach is broad, with engagements in finance, shipping, offshore, media and entertainment. He brings together a keen take on a companies situation and ambitions with a deep understanding of digital media and strategy.