Our experienced leadership team combines deep functional expertise with long-standing service in the industries we serve. Collectively, our management group sets the strategic direction for the company and manages the company's performance against its plans; individually, our executives drive our most key product and commercial initiatives and build highly collaborative teams comprised of best-in-class functional talent. All are united in their unrelenting focus to build a world-class geosciences company that is viewed as an extended exploration partner by our clients.

Jim Hollis, President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim HollisPrior to joining NEOS in January 2010, Jim was President and Chief Operating Officer of ION Geophysical Corporation where he was accountable for setting growth strategies and overseeing the financial execution of all ION business units. Previously, Jim worked in management and technology roles for Landmark Graphics, a Halliburton subsidiary, where he focused on providing geoscience software solutions to oil & gas companies. Jim holds a BS in Geophysics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MS in Geophysics from the University of Utah.

Hans Haywood, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining NEOS in August 2015 as Chief Financial Officer, Hans accumulated over 25 years of experience in the financial and capital markets, principally in the areas of emerging markets and corporate finance. Before NEOS, Hans was the Chief Financial Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Tempest Capital, the investment group of NEOS Executive Chairman, Jonathan Faiman. Prior to this, Hans worked in senior Chief Investment Officer and portfolio management roles for other investment firms including Sailfish Capital Partners. Hans began his career with Bankers Trust (now part of Deutsche Bank) in London in 1990 and subsequently worked for Baring Brothers, Sumitomo Finance and Credit Suisse in London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. Hans graduated from Imperial College, London with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Craig Beasley, Executive Vice President - Exploration and Chief Science Officer

Craig BeasleyPrior to joining NEOS, Dr. Beasley was founder and proprietor of Wave Geophysics, a consulting business that provided geophysical, geological, and geochemical advisory services to mining, petroleum, and geothermal companies. Previously, Craig managed geophysical exploration activities in a significant portion of the Americas for BHP Minerals. Dr. Beasley holds a BS in Geophysics from the University of California, Riverside and both MS and PhD degrees in geophysics from the University of Utah.

Chris Friedemann, Executive Vice President - Special Projects

Chris FriedermannBefore joining NEOS, Chris was Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing for ION Geophysical Corporation. Prior to ION, Chris was a founder and Managing Director with RiverBend Associates, a management consulting firm based in Houston. Previously, Chris worked as a Managing Director with VerticalNet, and as a Principal and partner at McKinsey & Company. Chris has also held positions as a senior reservoir engineer with Exxon, in merchant banking with Bankers Trust, and in field operations with Unocal.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

Carlos Fernandez, General Manager - South America

Carlos FernandezPrior to joining NEOS, Carlos was Senior Vice President of Business Development at 3D-Geo, a provider of seismic and structural interpretation consulting services to the oil & gas industry. While at 3D-Geo, Carlos led the formation of the Kaleidoscope seismic imaging project, a partnership among Repsol, 3D-Geo, Stanford University, IBM, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Before joining 3D-Geo in 2006, Carlos served as the General Manager – Latin America for Paradigm Geophysical and as President and General Manager for both Petroleum Information Argentina and Hycal Sismos Technologies. Carlos holds degrees with honors in Geophysics and Business Administration from La Plata University in Argentina.

Don Chitwood, Vice President - Operations

Don-ChitwoodPrior to joining NEOS, Don was the Director of Land Operations, Western Hemisphere at ION Geophysical where he was accountable for operations of land seismic DP and reservoir services with focus on fracture detection. Before ION, he held management positions as VP of U.S. Land for Kelman Technologies, VP of Seismic Technologies for Core Laboratories, VP of U.S. Land DP at Veritas GeoServices as well as management positions with Western Geophysical and CGG. While at CGG, Don was the seismic team lead for the Colorado School of Mines Silo Field Phase II Reservoir Characterization project. Don began his 35+ year career as a Wellsite Geologist/Wireline Analyst at Century Geophysical before moving to seismic DP with Chevron. Don holds a BS in Geology from Missouri State University and completed the Executive Management Program at Rice University.

Sissy Theisen, Director, Seismic Imaging Group

Before joining NEOS, Sissy was Director of Western Hemisphere Land Processing for ION Geophysical. In this role, she was accountable for operations for the Denver group. Previously, Sissy held various technical and project management roles. Prior to joining ION, Sissy worked for Paradigm and PGS, where she was involved in land and marine processing projects from all over the world. With nearly 20 years of industry experience, she has gained expertise processing unconventional plays on land. Sissy holds a BS in Geology and Geophysics from University of Missouri – Rolla.