SOURCE: International Association of Geophysical Contractors

International Association of Geophysical Contractors

September 18, 2014 04:00 ET

IAGC Announces New President

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Sep 18, 2014) - After a three-month long search process, the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) Board of Directors today announced that Ken Wells has been named as the organization's president. Mr. Wells comes to IAGC with a diverse career that includes oil and gas safety management and trade association management. He will assume his position on October 1st.

"After conducting a broad national and international search, we believe we have found a powerful leader with a wealth of knowledge, skills and ability," said Robert Hobbs, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Ken's experience in both the energy industry and association management and his understanding of the issues important to our industry will ensure our continued success. It is clear to our board that Ken is the right person at the right time to lead our organization."

"I am honored to have been chosen to lead IAGC into the next exciting phase. I look forward to working alongside the dedicated and talented team at IAGC in carrying out our mission," said Wells.

Mr. Wells is the founder and owner of Lifeline Strategies, a safety and regulatory management consulting company serving the oil and gas industry. He is also the former President of the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), representing the U.S. oil and gas workboat industry.

Mr. Wells' diverse career also includes serving as Vice President of the American Waterways Operators, representing the U.S. tug boat and barge industry. He was also an award-winning television reporter in New Orleans, LA and Tulsa, OK. Mr. Wells holds an undergraduate degree from the American University and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University.

About IAGC
IAGC is the international trade association representing the industry that provides geophysical services (geophysical data acquisition, seismic data ownership and licensing, geophysical data processing and interpretation, and associated service and product providers) to the oil and gas industry.

More information on IAGC and the geophysical industry can be found at and

For reference material on Marine Mammal Protection, see

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