Management Commitee

Management Commitee

Bruno Burban

President & CEO

Bruno Burban has 37 years of Experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. He has been Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Geoservices from 1999 to 2010. He joined Geoservices in 1982 as a field engineer working in Mud Logging and went on to various technical, commercial and operational positions between 1985 and 1990. He served as Marketing & Technical Manager at Geoservices since 1990 then Deputy Managing Director from 1994 to 1999. Most recently, he advised several private equity funds on oilfield services acquisitions as well as one of the French leaders in consultant administrative services. Bruno Burban is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Lyon and holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Benoit Debray

Executive Vice President

Benoit Debray has 36 years’ experience in the international E&P and oilfield service industries. He has been the Chief Operating Officer and board member of Geoservices from 1999 to 2007. Prior to this position, he was the Deputy Director of drilling & production for the French Institute of Petroleum. His initial position in the E&P industry was with Elf Aquitaine as a reservoir engineer and he has extensive service industry and operations experience in well testing and production logging, R&D, marketing and key account management. Most recently Benoit was the Chairman & CEO of Candax Energy Inc., a Toronto-listed oil and natural gas company engaged in the exploration, development and production in North Africa. Benoit Debray graduated with a degree in Petroleum engineering (IFP School) and Mechanical engineering (Ecole Centrale de Nantes). He also holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Michael De Rhune


Michael De Rhune has 31 years of finance experience and has worked for a number of international companies across a range of different industries.  Starting his career in public practice, he then worked at various financial institutions and companies before moving to the offshore oil & gas subsea services industry. He held a number of senior finance and management positions at leading subsea services companies, Acergy, Subsea 7 and also acted as advisor to Bibby Offshore.  He was recently Group CFO at Ceona Offshore, a large private equity start-up in the subsea services sector. Michael is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, the Institute of Chartered Tax Advisors and a Graduate of the University of London.

Yves Gehan

VP Middle East & Asia

Yves Gehan holds an Engineering degree from HEI Lille in France. He started his oil and gas career with Geoservices in 2002 as field engineer in Mudlogging and later in well testing. He progressed into Operations Management with assignments in Nigeria, Angola and District Manager of the West Africa region, finally participating in the integration of the Geoservices group into Schlumberger. In 2010 Yves Gehan became one of the 3 founder managers of the Wilog group specialized in Geology related manpower and slickline services, reaching a yearly turnover of 23Musd in 2014.

Chuck Major

VP North America

Chuck Major brings over thirty years of finance and operational management experience to his role with Excellence Logging.  After beginning his career in public accounting providing tax and audit consulting for a variety of industries, he served as General Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Controller and Director of a privately held plastics manufacturer. Chuck most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Horizon Well Logging, LLC.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Tulsa and is a lifetime member of the University of Tulsa Lettermen’s Association. Chuck is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA).

Pascal Mirville

VP South America

Pascal Mirville has over 39 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Since he first joined Geoservices in 1979 as a mud logging geologist, he has held numerous senior operational positions worldwide including Country Manager for Brazil,  District Manager for West Africa, District Manager for South Latin America and Vice President Americas for operations in both North and South America. From 2010 to 2013,  Pascal Mirville was based in Tunisia as Chief Operating Officer of Candax Energy Inc., a Toronto-listed oil and natural gas company. In 2013 he was appointed General Manager of the International Slickline company Wilog International. He holds an Electronical Engineering degree from Ecole Central d’Electronique Paris.

Miguel Gil

VP Europe and Africa

Miguel Gil has 24 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry, which began in the Wireline and Well intervention Services. He became the Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors in Wireline Service & Mfg (WSM) a leading service company in Italy. In 2008, following the acquisition of WSM by Geoservices he became the Well Intervention Manager for the Mediterranean District in Geoservices. Miguel Gil became a member of the Board of Directors of Dajan SRL in 2012 and in the next 5 years he lead Dajan srl to become one of the leading companies in Italy in Well Intervention service, and expanded the company in Europe and in Africa. Dajan srl become part of Excellence Logging Group at the end of 2016 and Miguel Gil joined the group as Vice President for the EAF Region.

Jean Marie Penanguer

Vice President Supply Chain & HSE

Jean-Marie Penanguer has 38 years of Experience in the International Oil & Gas industry, starting out in October 1981 with Geoservices as a field engineer. Field positions held include Mud logging & Data Engineer’s positions Off Shore West Africa and On Shore North Africa. After two years in the training department, some technical support positions and various projects (including the year 2000 project), Jean Marie held several senior management roles in IT, Quality & Operation Support and Supply Chain within Geoservices group. He has been appointed to the Geoservices Executive Committee in 2005 as Vice President Operation Support & Logistics. Most recently Jean-Marie worked for Schlumberger as a Logistics manager, where he specialized in logistics processes, negotiation and cost structure, while developing strong relationships with the main logistics providers.

Farouk Kimour

Technical Manager

Farouk Kimour is an upstream petroleum industry professional with a strong focus on Technology, Innovation and New businesses. He has been Research and Technology Project Manager for Geoservices, a Schlumberger Company, in the Technology Center in Roissy, France. He led projects related to new technologies for surface data logging and measurements on drilled cuttings, gas and drilling fluids. Before joining Geoservices in 2004, Farouk worked for American Air Liquide as a R&D Engineer in Chicago, Illinois. There he worked in the Gas Analysis Group and developed several gas analyses techniques using GC-MS and ICP-MS. During his first 4 years at Geoservices, besides leading projects at Geoservices headquarters,  Farouk Kimour held several field positions from Mud Logger to Senior Flair Engineer, working in France, Austria, U.A.E., Iran, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan (Caspian Sea), Turkey (Black Sea), Brunei, and the United States. Farouk received his M.S. degree in Chemistry from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse, Alsace, France. He has authored several technical papers and international patents.

Damodar Kumar

Integration Manager

Damodar has over 35 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, primarily in Mudlogging Services as well as Production Services. With a background in electrical engineering, he began his career in a Data Management Services company before joining Geoservices in 1984. He held various management positions in field operations, country management, business development and region management between 1996 and 2012 in Asia, Middle-East and Europe. During the post-acquisition of Geoservices by Schlumberger, he was responsible for the Operations Integrity of the services provided to customers and was a member of the executive management team at the segment head-quarters in Paris, France. He has a strong knowledge of Mudlogging business and vast experience in deploying efficient, reliable and value driven processes that contribute significantly to the well construction process.

Derek Arnaudy

HR Manager

Having initially started in a field technical career in 1984 from graduating with a BSc. Mining Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Derek has significant Oilfield Services experience. He joined Excellence Logging in September 2018 previously working as HR Advisor for Schlumberger after working as HR Group Transactions and Practices Manager for Geoservices leading on HR integration and transformation projects. He has held generalist HR roles as District and Regional HR Manager and more specialised roles as Staffing Manager, Training Manager and Group HR Development Manager. A specialist in Compensation and Benefits Management as well as global mobility policies some of the leading projects that Derek has delivered included pioneering workforce planning and global time management systems. As Group HR Transactions and Practices Manager for Excellence Logging Derek will oversee the development and deployment of HR Processes & Systems as well as leading on the HR Function.

Yann Douarin

Business Development Manager

Yann Douarin started his oil and gas industry career on 1st December 1984. He held numerous positions on operation sites before getting the opportunity to consolidate and develop Geoservices’ presence in the Caspian Area. After almost 10 years spent in Baku supervising Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, building business, teams, local content and high level of revenue, he was transferred to Houston to manage the North America District Operations. After two years of delivering high-profile jobs in different environments such as unconventional land, Ultra HT, HTHP Deep water, he was offered to integrate Sales and Marketing team as Global Account Manager and to participate in the Geoservices integration with Schlumberger.  He was soon promoted to Sales and Marketing Manager Europa-Africa for Geoservices a Schlumberger Company increasing turn over per unit and Ebit from an aggressive sell-up plan. Yann is a graduate of Institut Universitaire de Technologie du Mans and was nominated in 2006 to be active participant of “France International Trade Advisor” (Comitté National des Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur de la France).

Erwan Roze

Vice President Mud Logging

Erwan began his oilfield career with Geoservices in 1987 as a Mudlogger in the UK (North Sea Sector). He progressively took on Operations and Management positions in West Africa, Latin America, Middle East and the HQ in Paris. After the acquisition by Schlumberger in 2008, Erwan held Houston based roles as Pore Pressure Operation Manager (2008-2013) and Geoservices HR Manager for North America (2013–2014), he then moved to Saudi Arabia as the Operations/HR manager. He joined Weatherford Surface Logging in January 2015 as a Global Talent Manager, following this, he assumed the role of Wellsite advisor group Manager and finally became the Product line Director for Surface Logging in January 2017 with the objective to implement new technologies as well as provide guidance and support to the local teams to profitably grow the business.