Chairman of the boardDuring 35 years in the oil and gas industry, Mike’s career highlights have included working in Norway and Italy as chief geologist and country manager for Enterprise Oil. Mike was executive Chairman of AiM listed Plectrum Petroleum until its acquisition by Cairn Energy. Mike served as an exploration and new ventures advisor to Petroceltic and as a non-executive director of Oyster Petroleum until its subsequent acquisition by Verus Petroleum. Mike is also non-executive Chairman of Verus Petroleum and an operating partner of HitecVision. Mike graduated from Kingston Polytechnic with a BSc Hons Geology.
Alf C. Thorkildsen
Member – Board of DirectorsBorn: 1956 Education: Degree in business from Handelsakademiet in Norway and an MBA from Arizona State University. Experience: +40 yrs in oil and gas industry – Shell, Smedvig, Seadrill Competence: Joined Hitecvision in 2013 from the position as Chief Executive Officer of Seadrill. During his tenure, Seadrill grew to be the world’s largest driller by market capitalisation and enterprise value. Mr. Thorkildsen joined Seadrill in 2006 as CFO. Prior to this, he was the CFO of Smedvig ASA, a leading Norwegian drilling company, which was acquired by Seadrill in 2006. Worked for 20 years in Shell in numerous senior positions.
Member - Board of DirectorsBorn: 1949 Education: MSc in Petroleum and Mining Geology from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, 1974 Experience: 38 yrs in oil and gas industry – Statoil, LOTOS, Ross, Independent Advisor. Competence: Wide experience in all aspects of upstream oil and gas activity: Exploration, Field Development and Production Operations. License management and Business Development. Health, Safety and Environment. Corporate Management and Leadership. Strong network with both the E&P companies and oil service industry.
Member - Board of DirectorsBorn: 1951 Education: MSc in Applied Geophysics, Imperial College , London Experience: Maersk Oil Norway AS (Managing Director), Maersk Oil (Senior Director), Swedish Geological Survey. Competence: Oil and Gas International E&P (25 years). Mineral Exploration (10 years). Wide experience including Corporate Management and Leadership. Strong network with both the E&P companies and oil service industry.
Bjørn Inge Tønnessen
Chief Executive OfficerBorn: 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.
VP Exploration / Deputy CEOBorn: 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.
Chief Financial OfficerBorn: 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.
VP DevelopmentBorn: 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
VP and Chief GeoscientistBorn: 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.
Per Torfinn Knudsen
VP Business DevelopmentBorn: 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.
VP Operations and HSEQBorn: 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 700 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.