May 30, 2014 03:00 ET

IAGC Announces Resignation of President Chip Gill

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - May 30, 2014) - International Association of Geophysical Contractors Board of Directors today announced that President, Chip Gill has tendered his resignation. A search for a new President is currently underway. Gill will remain with the IAGC until a successor is on board.

Robert Hobbs, Chairman of the IAGC Board of Directors said, "We will miss Chip's enthusiasm and passion for the geophysical industry. Through his hard work, he has positioned the IAGC well for the future in its mission of serving as the voice of the geophysical industry. The IAGC Board and I personally wish to thank him for his long service and wish him well in his future endeavors."

Gill said, "After 13 years at the helm of IAGC, I've chosen to resign my position as President to pursue other interests. I believe the value IAGC brings to its members and to the geophysical industry has significantly increased since 2001, and I am proud to have had a part in that."

Under Gill's leadership, IAGC restructured its organization, launched a commercial health agenda that includes the development and updating of IAGC Statements of Principles and numerous HSE guidance documents and manuals, produced numerous videos and other educational material, and organized industry's response to concerns about the effects of industry sound on marine life. This last effort includes helping to organize and launch a world class research program which has invested more than $35 million to date for researching impacts of E&P sound on marine animals.

Robert Hobbs and Roger Keyte, Board Vice-Chair are leading the search for Gill's replacement.

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.

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