Management

  • Bjørn Inge Tønnessen

    Chief Executive Officer

    Born: 1960 Education: BSc in Petroleum Engineering (UiS). MBA-equivalent -University of Stockholm. Experience: 21 yrs Oil industry – Svenska and BakerHughes. 7 yrs Financial markets – Handelsbanken and DNB Competence: Built and managed a successful exploration company as MD Svenska Norway and EVP License Management Svenska-group. Analytical and numerical skills as Senior Equity Research Analyst. Good technical understanding. Large network in E&P and Financial industry.
  • David Poole

    VP Exploration / Deputy CEO

    Born: 1964 Education: PhD in Geology (UiTø) Experience: 21 yrs broad industry experience, particularly in exploration and business development - ExxonMobil, Statoil and Talisman Competence: Excellent overall technical competence. Broad experience base with a very good overview of opportunities on the NCS and UKCS. Strong management capability. Wide network in both Norway and UK.
  • Harald Grøsfjeld

    Chief Financial Officer

    Born: 1962 Education: Master Degree in Macro Economics (UiB) within Petroleum economy & finance. Experience: 11 yrs as VP and Head of Group Treasury & Financing - Seadrill. 4 yrs as Fund Manager (Stocks and Bonds) – Pareto AS (Garde AS). 10 yrs with sr. management positions within governmental / public adm. Competence: In-depth finance competence. Secured and unsecured financing solutions. Experienced with budgeting, accounting & audit related issues. Broad national & international network within finance institutions.
  • Walter Sognnes

    VP & Advisor to CEO

    Born: 1961 Education: Cand Scient. in Geophysics (UiB) Experience: 17 yrs E&P – Statoil, Amoco and Revus Energy (co-founder). 9 yrs Oil service –  PGS / Petec Competence:Technical and economical evaluation of discoveries and field. Long experience with seismic interpretation. Excellent overview of geophysical and of reservoir technology. Good overview of discoveries and fields in NW Europe. Strong network with both the E&P companies and oil service industry.
  • Tor Arne Hansen

    Chief Geologist

    Born: 1963 Education: Cand. Scient. in Geology (UiTø) Experience: 21 yrs E&P in Norway and international – Exxon, Statoil, Skeie and Talisman Competence: Strong play and prospect evaluation skills. In-depth understanding of opportunities and plays on the NCS. Excellent geological  and geophysical integration skills. Good overview of UKCS plays. Competent user of most relevant software applications. Organising efficient exploration teams. Extensive global exploration network.
  • Ivan Inchenko

    General Manager UK

    Born: 1955 Education: BSc (Hons.) King’s College London Experience: 35 yrs E&P in UK and International – Enterprise, Lukoil, Aurelian and Revus/Wintershall Competence: Geoscience and Commercial – play and prospect evaluation. Portfolio Management – asset optimization. Business Development – negotiations, acquisition and divestment. Relationship Management – PR, governmental, local authority and stakeholder. Extensive International E&P network.
  • Per Torfinn Knudsen

    VP Business Development

    Born: 1963 Education: MSc in Petroleum Technology from University of Stavanger Experience: 25 yrs Oil industry – NPD, Statoil, Centrica Competence: Diverse background from NPD, Statoil and Centrica. Diverse and wide experience from starting as reservoir engineer/subsurface leader through to being responsible for commercial negotiations, acquisitions and divestments both in Norway and internationally. Experienced in a wide range of commercial issues including gas supply and tie-in and processing agreements. Strong network within E&P companies.
  • Trond Gravem

    VP Operations and HSEQ

    Born: 1968 Education: MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim Experience: 20 yrs Oil industry – Wintershall/Revus, BakerHughes and Saga Competence: Wide experience in a mix of drilling, well operations, HSEQ management, sales and communication. Offshore experience in drilling. Strong network with both the E&P companies and oil service industry.

The Spike Team

The Spike team is a group with balanced skill sets with focus on subsurface experience and knowledge. Approx. 3/4 of the Spike organization has worked in subsurface disciplines.

The team is highly experienced with close to 400 years of relevant experience, averaging over 20 years of experience. The team is also benefitting from a diverse background from working with over 20 different oil companies.