• INOVA is an independent joint venture company owned 51% by BGP Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation and 49% by ION Geophysical Corporation.

BGP Inc. is one of the world’s largest land geophysical service contractors, offering 2D, 3D, 4D, VSP, and multicomponent field services to E&P clients through more than 50 international seismic crews in 45 countries. BGP also provides geophysical field services that extend beyond seismic, including surveys that require gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic, and geo-chemical measurements.

ION Geophysical Corporation, a provider of geophysical technology, services and solutions for the global oil and gas industry, continues to retain its interest in INOVA. As of April 2022, ION has filed a petition in U. S. bankruptcy court seeking relief under chapter 11 of the U. S. bankruptcy code. This filing does not affect INOVA's position or performance as the leading provider of land seismic acquisition equipment.

INOVA operates with a separate, independent management structure overseen by a Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of seven directors, four directors appointed by BGP Inc., CNPC and three directors appointed by ION. The chairman of the Board (the “Chairman”) is appointed by BGP Inc., CNPC and the vice chairman (the “Vice Chairman”) by ION.

Board of Directors

The seven member board reviews and approves INOVA’s strategic and operating plans and appoints and evaluates members of the Executive Management team.


  • Mr. Li Jinyong - Chairman of the Board, INOVA and General Counsel, BGP


  • Mr. Chris Usher - Vice Chairman, INOVA and President and Chief Executive Officer, ION
  • Ms. Yang Yi - Manager (Planning) of Finance and Assets Department, BGP
  • Mr. Wang Qi - Director of Equipment and Materials Department, BGP
  • Mr. Fan Junzhi – Legal Manager, BGP
  • Mr. Mike Morrison – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, ION
  • Mr. Andre Doerfer – Sr. Vice President, Maritime Technologies, ION


Carey Mogdan – Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mogdan was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2020. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Mogdan was the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for INOVA’s business development, sales, marketing, manufacturing operations, customer service, repair and rental business. Before joining INOVA, he was Vice President at Tarpon Energy Services. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mogdan held senior management roles in manufacturing operations and was responsible for greenfield and operational expansion both domestically and internationally. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta and designations from the Canadian Institute of Management, the Project Management Institute and the American Society for Quality.

Meng Qiang – President

Mr. Meng was appointed President in July 2020. Previously Mr. Meng held the position of Chairman of the Board, responsible for management and coordination of INOVA’s business within China. Prior to joining INOVA, Mr. Meng had nearly 30 years of work and management experience in the oil and gas geophysics industry. He previously served as the Director of Business Administration and Legal Department and as Deputy Director of the Audit Department of BGP. He managed equity investment and M&A business, equity management, strategic management, policy formulation, legal affairs, and internal control at BGP. Mr. Meng graduated from the Party School of the Central Committee of CPC, majoring in Economic Management. He also studied and earned relevant certificates at several renowned universities such as De La Salle University of the Philippines and Tsinghua University of China.

Dr. Arjun Selvakumar Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Selvakumar is responsible for creating and overseeing INOVA’s technology vision, goals and roadmap; product development and strategic technical alliances. Prior to joining INOVA, he served as Vice President of Product Development for Colibrys, Inc., a global supplier of micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) based products, and Director of Research and Development within Applied MEMS, Inc. and ION Geophysical, Inc. Dr. Selvakumar has 20 years of leadership experience in concepting, developing and launching MEMS products in the energy, industrial and medical arenas as well as seismic exploration products. Dr. Selvakumar earned his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology in India.

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