Polarcus CEO quits after two years

Marine seismic player Polarcus has appointed Duncan Eley as Chief Executive Officer of the company to succeed Rod Starr. 

Rod Starr has resigned from the company following the completion of a two-year period of restructuring, refinancing and reorganization, Polarcus informed on Friday.

Peter Rigg, Chairman of the Board for Polarcus, commented: “Rod has made a significant and transforming contribution to the company. He has created an executive team exceptionally well-qualified to continue the company’s development. Duncan has been responsible for many areas of strength within the company and is a natural successor. The Board is grateful to Rod for his contribution and for developing our current depth of executive talent. We shall continue to work with him through the transition and wish him every success for the future.”

Duncan Eley, currently Chief Operating Officer for Polarcus, is promoted to the position of CEO to succeed Starr, effective immediately. According to the company, Eley has over 18 years of experience in the seismic industry in various senior management roles and has been Polarcus’ COO since May 2013.

He worked with Schlumberger for 10 years supporting marine seismic operations in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Prior to joining Polarcus in 2009, Eley worked for a global strategy consultancy firm across the energy, transport and natural resources sectors. Eley has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering from Monash University in Australia. In 2006, he completed his MBA at Erasmus University in Holland.
For the near term, the position of COO will be eliminated to better align with current market conditions.

Starr joined Polarcus in February 2015 and, according to Polarcus, has been able to transform the company, establishing a foundation for future success. Under his leadership, the company gained market share, reduced operating and overhead costs and created additional liquidity through reduced debt payments and a recent private placement of equity, the company added.

Starr will continue to work with the executive management team and Polarcus’ Board of Directors for a transition period during the second quarter of 2017.