Mr Heck, formally trained as a Petroleum Engineer, brings 38 years of deep domain experience in the upstream oil and gas sector to the Visuray board. Mr Heck served in multiple senior executive positions at Hess, Bennu and most recently as COO at Energy XXI. As Senior VP Technology E&P reporting to the President, he developed the vision, strategy and performance objectives for the conceptual technology organization at Hess.
Dr. Safinya served as the CEO of Visuray until April 2023. Now, his focus is on the technical development at Visuray as the company transitions from a pure R&D company, widening to include the commercial drivers of oilfield services on a wide scale. Dr. Safinya earned a PhD in Atomic Physics from Harvard University before joining Schlumberger. During his 30-year career he held various positions in Research, Engineering, Product Development, Marketing, Operations, M&A, Business Development and General Management in the USA, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. His career was spent in Wireline, Western-Geco, Telecoms, SEMA (IT Services), Oilfield Services as well as Schlumberger Limited (Corporate). Dr. Safinya holds more than 20 US patents in areas of wireline logging, geophysics, heavy oil production and telecommunications and has published more than 20 papers in peer reviewed journals. He is an Alumnus of INSEAD, member of SPE and AAAS. He has been with Visuray since 2011. Mr. Safinya resides in the USA.