Episode 151: The transformation of SEG

SEG President-Elect Ken Tubman discusses the outcome of the Strategic Options Task Force.

In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Ken provides an inside look at the decision-making of the SEG Strategic Options Task Force. He shares his reasons for voting to keep SEG independent, highlights the feedback from the focus groups, and previews the SEG Transformation Task Force. He also offers insight into why he looks to the gaming industry for inspiration and the best way introverts can benefit from networking.

Seismic Soundoff · 151: The transformation of SEG

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Ken Tubman has been a member of SEG since 1979 and is the 2021-2022 President-Elect. He has volunteered with SEG in multiple ways such as volunteering on committees, editing, and working on the SEAM Board. Most recently he served on the SEG Board as a Director at Large from 2018 to 2020. He is also an SEG Foundation Trustee Associate. His current volunteering with SEG includes the Digital Transformation Trask Force and the Annual Meeting Task Force (as well as leading a sub-task force.)

Ken has spent more than 35 years in the energy industry. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of SAExploration, a leading seismic acquisition company. He has held senior positions within ConocoPhillips (including vice president geoscience and reservoir engineering, vice president subsurface), Veritas DGC (senior vice president Veritas Hampson Russell, vice president geoservices), and Marathon Oil (vice president technical innovation.) He started his career with ARCO and has held various technical and management positions in the central functions and business units. A common thread throughout most of his career is his involvement in technology delivery and development. 

Tubman holds a Ph.D. in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts. 


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Original music created by Zach Bridges. Andrew Geary hosted, edited, and produced this episode for 51 features, LLC. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Cobb, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis.

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