Bruheim named EMGS CEO

Bjarte H. Bruheim has been appointed the new CEO of EMGS, effective 7 January, following the board's decision to accept current CEO Roar Bekker's resignation. Bekker served as CEO since May 2009, and prior to that role, served as Chief Operating Officer since 2007.

"The Board would like to thank Roar Bekker for his valuable contribution to the positive development of EMGS over last few years including the improved financial results," the company said.

"We are pleased that Bjarte Bruheim has accepted employment as CEO in EMGS. Bjarte brings with him a unique experience and knowledge about the industry, and he understands the challenges and opportunities for EMGS going forward," says Chairman of the Board, Eystein Eriksrud.

Of his appointment, Bruheim said: "I look forward to continue to work to develop EMGS together with our highly qualified team. I believe our products and technology will make a difference for the oil and gas industry. The combination of different geophysical methods, including EMGS products, will be more important with a low oil price. EMGS products assist oil companies in reducing their expenses through increased drilling success."

Bruheim has served as the company's executive chairman since July 2004.

He graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, in 1981, with an MSc in physics and electronics. Bruheim spent 10 years with Geco, now WesternGeco - a Schlumberger company, where he held various positions including vice president of operations, North and South America. He was one of the founders of Petroleum Geo-Services and served as its president and chief operating officer until 2001. 

The Norwegian native is currently based in Houston.

In a 2013 profile by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Bruheim discussed his advocacy of EM technologies. “Using EM surveys in addition to seismic data acquisition provides a significantly better basis for deciding on exploration wells – and I’m then talking about mapping new areas with few or no wells,” he told the NPD. “I’d never accept that a drilling superintendent spuds an exploration well in a new area without knowing the resistance and calculating volume with the aid of EM."

Image: Bruheim/EMGS

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