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SAExploration Holdings Inc (SAEX.OQ)

SAEX.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Capital Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jeff Hastings

58 2016 Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Brian Beatty

54 2016 President, Chief Operating Officer, Director

Brent Whiteley

50 2013 Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Secretary, Director

Mike Scott

58 2016 Senior Vice President

Trisha Gerber

45 2014 Chief Accounting Officer

Ryan Abney

30 2017 Vice President — Capital Markets and Investor Relations

Darin Silvernagle

50 2016 Vice President – Marine

L. Melvin Cooper

63 2016 Independent Director

Gary Dalton

61 2013 Independent Director

Michael Faust

2017 Lead Independent Director

Michael Kass

43 2016 Independent Director

Jacob Mercer

41 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Jeff Hastings

Mr. Jeff Hastings is Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He became our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors upon consummation of the Restructuring in mid-2016. Prior to the Restructuring, Mr. Hastings was our Executive Chairman of the Board and a member of our Board of Directors since the consummation of the Merger in 2013. He was the majority stockholder of Former SAE from 2008 until the Merger. In March 2011, he became the Executive Chairman of Former SAE. Previously, he was the President and an owner of Fairweather Geophysical, which primarily performed seismic operations in Alaska, and which was acquired by Veritas DGC Inc. in 2000. From 2000 until becoming the majority stockholder of Former SAE in 2008, Mr. Hastings was with Veritas in multiple positions, including Operations Manager for Alaska. Mr. Hastings has over 35 years of experience in the geophysical industry.

Brian Beatty

Mr. Brian Beatty is a President, Chief Operating Officer, Director of the Company. He became our Chief Operating Officer upon consummation of the Restructuring in mid-2016. Prior to the Restructuring, Mr. Beatty was our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since the consummation of the Merger in 2013. He founded Former SAE in 2006 and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Former SAE from its inception. Prior to founding Former SAE, Mr. Beatty held many positions with Veritas DGC Inc., beginning as a seismic field manager and eventually managing all of Veritas’ South American operations and establishing Veritas’ business in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. Mr. Beatty has over 30 years of experience in the geophysical industry working in numerous different geographies.

Brent Whiteley

Mr. Brent Whiteley is a Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Secretary, Director of the Company. Mr. Whiteley became our Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel and Secretary upon consummation of the Merger in 2013. Mr. Whiteley served as a director from the consummation of the Merger in 2013 to completion of the Restructuring in mid-2016. He served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel and Secretary of Former SAE beginning in March 2011, but resigned as Chief Operating Officer in November 2011. Previously, Mr. Whiteley served as General Counsel-Western Hemisphere and then in January 2008 became a Senior Vice President of CGG Veritas, operating its North and South American land acquisition business. Mr. Whiteley holds a BBA in finance/real estate from Baylor University, a JD from South Texas College of Law, and an MBA from Rice University — Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management.

Mike Scott

Mr. Mike Scott is Senior Vice President of the Company. He became our Senior Vice President upon completion of the Restructuring in mid-2016. Mr. Scott served as our Executive Vice President — Operations from the consummation of the Merger in 2013 until completion of the Restructuring. Prior to the Merger, he was Executive Vice President of Operations of Former SAE, a position he held since joining Former SAE in September 2011. Mr. Scott spent the 20 years prior to joining Former SAE with Veritas (CGGVeritas), ultimately serving in the role of VP North American Operations, with responsibilities for Veritas’ growth through market expansion, strategic positioning and implementation of a comprehensive quality, health, safety and environmental management system.

Trisha Gerber

Ms. Trisha M. Gerber is Chief Accounting Officer of the Company. She joined SAE on June 1, 2014 and was appointed our Chief Accounting Officer on September 29, 2014. From February 2012 to May 2014, Ms. Gerber served as Assistant Controller for Atwood Oceanics, Inc. From July 2006 to September 2011, Ms. Gerber held various roles at INX, Inc., a publicly-held technology company, ultimately serving as Assistant Controller. Prior to INX, Inc., Ms. Gerber held a variety of accounting positions at BMC Software, TXU Communications, and Arthur Andersen. Ms. Gerber is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting and a MBA from the University of Texas.

Ryan Abney

Mr. Ryan Abney is a Vice President — Capital Markets and Investor Relations of the Company. He joined SAE in September 2013 as our Vice President of Capital Markets and Investor Relations. Mr. Abney oversees and manages various functions related to our capital structure, strategic financial objectives and comprehensive investor outreach initiatives, in addition to other responsibilities. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Abney was an Investment Banker in Canaccord Genuity's Energy practice, which serves all sectors of the oil and gas industry, with responsibility for the execution of capital markets and advisory transactions, including private and public equity and debt issuances, and various strategic mandates, such as mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions and restructurings and workouts, with a primary focus on clients in the exploration and production and oilfield services sectors. Mr. Abney holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Darin Silvernagle

Mr. Darin Silvernagle is Vice President – Marine of the Company. He became our Vice President — Marine upon completion of the Restructuring in mid-2016. Mr. Silvernagle served as Executive Vice President — Marine from March 20, 2014 until completion of the Restructuring. Prior to that Mr. Silvernagle was our Executive Vice President — Technology, a position he held since consummation of the Merger in 2013. Prior to the Merger, Mr. Silvernagle served as Executive Vice President of Technology of Former SAE since joining Former SAE in September 2011. Mr. Silvernagle has over 30 years of experience in the geophysical services industry. Prior to joining SAE, Mr. Silvernagle worked for 17 years with Veritas, Veritas DGC Land and finally CGG Veritas, Mr. Silvernagle held a variety of roles with those companies including Technical Manager of North America, Technical Manager of North and South America and, ultimately, VP of Resources for the Global Land Division. In these roles, Mr. Silvernagle managed all aspects of technical operations in both field and office locations. His assignments included the diverse operating environments of Canada, the Canadian Arctic, the North Slope of Alaska, the U.S. Lower 48, the Middle East and South America. Mr. Silvernagle spent 10 years in the field in supporting roles for all aspects of crew operations.

L. Melvin Cooper

Mr. Lawson Melvin Cooper is Independent Director of the Company. He became a member of our Board of Directors upon consummation of the Restructuring in mid-2016. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (Nasdaq: FES) (“Forbes”), a public company in the energy services industry. Prior to joining Forbes in 2007, Mr. Cooper served in financial or operating roles of various companies involved in oilfield site preparation, serving new home builders, providing supply chain management, and other industries. Since October 2010, Mr. Cooper has served on the Board of Directors of Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK), where he is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance, Audit, and Compensation Committees. Since August 2012, Mr. Cooper has served on the Board of Directors of Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PARR), where he is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Cooper received the Board Leadership Fellow certification from the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) where he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the NACD Houston/Austin/San Antonio Chapter. Mr. Cooper earned a degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-Kingsville (formerly Texas A&I) in 1975 and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Gary Dalton

Mr. Gary Dalton is an Independent Director of the Company. He became a member of our Board of Directors upon consummation of the Merger in 2013. He has been the President of Latash Investments LLC, an investment advisory firm based in Alaska, since 2001. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at National Bank of Alaska for more than 20 years. Prior to joining National Bank of Alaska, he worked for the Comptroller of the Currency as a Bank Examiner. Mr. Dalton is a Trustee of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and a Board member of the Alaska Museum Foundation. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound.

Michael Faust

Mr. Michael J. Faust is Lead Independent Director of the company. He has 34 years of industry, financial and leadership experience within the oil and gas sector, including diverse geological, geophysical and technical reservoir experience spanning many different basins and formations throughout the world. Prior to joining SAE’s board, Mr. Faust was the Vice President of Exploration and Land at ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., where he oversaw and managed the company’s exploration organization and strategy in Alaska. After joining Arco Alaska, Inc. in 1997, Mr. Faust held multiple senior positions up to and following Phillips Petroleum Co.’s acquisition of Arco Alaska, Inc. in 2000 and the subsequent merger between Phillips and Conoco Inc., which created ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. in 2002. These positions of increasing responsibility included Chief Geophysicist, Development Geoscience Manager, Technology and Operations Manager, and Offshore Exploration Manager, among others. In 2008, Mr. Faust was appointed Vice President of Exploration and Land at ConocoPhillips Canada Ltd. Prior to Arco Alaska, Inc., Mr. Faust also held various positions with Exxon Exploration Company and Esso Norge A.S. after beginning his career with Exxon Co. USA in 1983. Mr. Faust earned his Master of Arts degree in Geophysics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984, after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Washington in 1981. Mr. Faust is a Certified Petroleum Geologist and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and served as the President of the Geophysical Society of Alaska from 2001 to 2002.

Michael Kass

Mr. Michael Kass is an Independent Director of the Company. He became a member of our Board of Directors upon consummation of the Restructuring in mid-2016. He is a Senior Research Analyst at BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC ("BlueMountain") concentrating on stressed and distressed credit across multiple industry sectors. Previously, Mr. Kass was a co-founder and Head of Research at 3-Sigma Value Management. Prior to 3-Sigma, Mr. Kass served for several years as a Vice President in Lehman’s Global Restructuring Group, where he advised debtors, financial sponsors and GSEs in bankruptcy proceedings in sectors including aviation, media and natural resources. Prior to Lehman, Mr. Kass was an Associate at Miller Buckfire and Co., focusing on restructurings in telecom, industrials, and restaurants. He began his career at McKinsey and Co., which he joined after receiving his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, his BSE in International Finance from Wharton, and his BA summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania.

Jacob Mercer

Mr. Jacob P. Mercer is an Independent Director of the Company. He is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Whitebox Advisors LLC ("Whitebox"). Prior to joining Whitebox, Mr. Mercer worked for Xcel Energy as Assistant Treasurer and Managing Director. Before joining Xcel Energy, he was a Senior Credit Analyst and Principal at Piper Jaffray and a Research Analyst at Voyageur Asset Management. Mr. Mercer also served as a logistics officer in the United States Army. Mr. Mercer has served on a number of boards of directors including Par Pacific (NYSE: PARR), Piceance Energy, Platinum Energy Solutions, and Ceres Global Ag (TSX: CRP). Mr. Mercer holds a BA with a double major in economics and business management from St. John’s University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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