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From its principal offices in Calgary, Canada and Lima, Peru, the SAExploration executive team stewards the company’s growth and directs its global activities.

SAExploration has principal offices in Calgary (Canada) and Lima (Peru) from which the leadership team directs all company activities.

Executive Team
Jeff Hastings, Chairman

Mr. Hastings started his career in the geophysical industry in the late-1970s. Starting in field management, Mr. Hastings advanced through the ranks of management and was President and an owner of Fairweather Geophysical, which primarily performed seismic operations in Alaska. Throughout its operations, Fairweather maintained at least an 80% market share in Alaska. In 2000, Veritas DGC Inc. acquired Fairweather and Mr. Hastings remained with Veritas to run its Alaskan operations. During his time with Veritas, the Company maintained nearly a 100% market share in Alaska.  In late 2009, Mr. Hastings left CGGVeritas (Veritas was acquired by CGG in 2007) and focused his efforts on growing SAE’s business both in South America and North America.  Since then, SAE has been successful in entering the North American market.

Brian Beatty, CEO & President

The original founder of SAE in 2006, Mr. Beatty’s career in the seismic industry started in 1980 with Veritas in seismic field management. At Veritas (now CGGVeritas), he was instrumental in establishing new country operations and most of its international operations. During his last 15 years with Veritas, Mr. Beatty managed all of the South American operations and was successful in building Veritas’ business in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia. Upon starting SAE, Mr. Beatty positioned the Company to very quickly secure an 80% market share in Peru and a substantial market share in Colombia. SAE has maintained this position since 2008 and continues to see substantial growth in all of its markets. Recently, Mr. Beatty led the Company to be the only major seismic contractor operating in Bolivia and Papua New Guinea. Mr. Beatty provides unmatched leadership in Latin American operations and has been the key to SAE’s overwhelming success within the industry. In 2011, Mr. Beatty led the Company’s expansion into Canada through its acquisition of Datum Exploration.

Brent Whiteley, CFO & General Counsel

Joining SAE in March 2010, Mr. Whiteley brought over 20 years of legal and senior management experience to the company. Prior to joining SAE, he was General Counsel for CGGVeritas and after obtaining his MBA from Rice University, led CGGVeritas’ Land Acquisition business in the Americas. As CFO and General Counsel, Mr. Whiteley brings to SAE the sophisticated financial, legal and management experience required to lead its next phase of growth. As part of the executive management team, Mr. Whiteley will guide the Company through its continued expansion.

Mike Scott, EVP Operations

Mr. Scott started his career in the geophysical industry in the mid-1970s and, over the course of his career, advanced to senior management positions in both North and South America. In 1985, Mr. Scott co-founded Venture Seismic Ltd., a Canadian seismic acquisition business. As Executive Vice President of Venture, Mr. Scott oversaw operations and played an integral role in growing the company. In 1991, he sold his shares and joined Veritas, an international seismic services company. During his 20-year tenure at Veritas, Mr. Scott was consistently promoted into more senior roles, culminating in the role of VP North America Land. He made significant contributions to the company’s growth through market expansion, strategic positioning and implementation of a comprehensive HSE&Q management system. In 2011, Mr. Scott left CGGVeritas to bring his extensive operational, managerial and leadership expertise to SAExploration as Executive Vice President, Operations.

Darin Silvernagle, EVP - Marine Operations

Starting his career in the geophysical services industry in the mid-1980s, Mr. Silvernagle has worked extensively in the land seismic industry. His assignments include the diverse operating environments of Canada, the Canadian Arctic, the North Slope of Alaska, the US Lower 48, the Middle East and South America. Mr. Silvernagle spent 10 years in the field in supporting roles for all aspects of the crew operations. During 17 years with Veritas, Veritas DGC Land and finally CGGVeritas, Mr. Silvernagle held a variety of roles including Technical Manager of North America, Technical Manager of North and South America and VP of Resources for the Global Land Division. In these roles, Mr. Silvernagle managed all aspects of technical operations in both field and office locations. He provides in-depth understanding of all seismic acquisition techniques and the technologies behind them. His leadership skills have helped to build the strongest technical teams in the industry.