Executive Team Expanded to Include Key Roles
SURBITON, LONDON– April 14, 2020 – Ikon Science, a global provider of knowledge management solutions designed to optimize subsurface discovery, today announced that Ikon’s Board of Directors has appointed Denis Saussus as Chief Executive Officer and will become a member of the board.
“After an extensive search, there was no doubt Denis was the right individual to move the company forward. He is a great leader of people, has deep customer relationships, understands the Ikon culture and has been instrumental in guiding the transformation of our product vision,” said Christopher Gaffney, Managing Partner, Great Hill Partners. ”We have absolute confidence that Ikon is in good hands with Denis and the senior management team in place”.
Most recently, Denis provided oversight to Ikon’s worldwide product development team and was instrumental in working with customers to bring the company’s flagship products to market over the years. He was also a member of the iPoint acquisition team and has worked on many of the software development collaborations for the company. He has held a range of positions at the company including Chief Technology Officer, VP Software Development and VP Global Development.
He brings over 19 years of expertise in various aspects of software commercialization – from software research and development to project services, client support, course development, team management, project management and strategic marketing. He has led the successful productization of several state-of-the-art scientific software applications for the oil and gas industry, particularly in the areas of quantitative interpretation and geostatistical reservoir modeling.
Before joining Ikon Sciences, Denis was a Computer Scientist R&D for Jason Geosystems and a Geotechnical Engineer for Geosyntec Consultants. He holds PhD, MSc and BSc degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
“This is a critical time for the industry and for Ikon Science. With today’s uncertain times, our customers need the value of our solutions more than ever to provide return on investment,” Denis said. “My vision is to continue Ikon’s innovative approach to solving the industry’s toughest problems while making sure we remain focused on customers by keeping them at the core of the value system.”
Former CEO Mark Bashforth has been appointed as Vice Chairman to the Board of Directors.
The company also announced several executive appointments. Antony Towers was named Chief Financial Officer. Antony has over 30 years of experience in Finance and has spent the last 13 years working in different CFO positions. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Clearcourse Partnership, a buy and build business operating in the subscription management space. He also served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for FastMarkets Limited/Metal Bulletin, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Infonic AG and the Chief Financial Officer for Fidessa LatentZero.
Fiona Harte was named as General Counsel. Fiona has combined a 20-year career with multinational business and legal practices such as DAC Beachcroft, Bevan Britten and as partner at Slater & Gordon heading the London Business team. Most recently, she served as Group Legal and Commercial Director for the Bramble Group. With specialisms in technology, procurement, privacy and cybersecurity, she led IBM’s legal implementation of GDPR across their global supply chain. She also worked with the city’s top technology firm, Kemp Little LLP, as Of Counsel in the Commercial Technology/Data Protection and Privacy team assisting with increased client requirement during the GDPR mobilization. Other companies include Equifax, Lloyd’s Banking Group and Public Health England.
Stuart Hunt has been named Vice President of Human Resources. Most recently, he served as Director of Human Resources for EMEA and APAC at KLDiscovery, a company providing technology-enabled services and software to help law firms, corporations, government agencies, and consumers solve complex data challenges. He also held HR management positions at International SOS, Datamonitor and RBS Markets and International Banking.
About Ikon Science
Ikon Science is a global provider of knowledge management solutions to optimize subsurface discovery. For over 20 years, Ikon’s has applied deep scientific expertise and technology innovation to help customers extract more actionable knowledge from sophisticated subsurface data. By bringing digital transformation to knowledge management, Ikon helps customers make the best moves – improving accuracy, accelerating results and lowering costs. For more information, visit www.ikonscience.com.