The Norwegian corporate governance Code of Practiceis not enforced nor practiced in actual terms. Norway’s corruption is the byproduct of a narcissistic country that relies on a reputation of having little corruption compared to other countries. But, in truth, Norway is very corrupt, especially given its size and population distribution. Norway has an entitled executive class who direct and manage companies with little more oversight than a mythology of how things should be done. There is no other explanation for human garbage and accused criminals such as John Erik Reinhardsen, former CEO and President of PGS ASA, becoming Equinor’s Chairman of the Board.
I have the evidence to prove this, but I am being denied the opportunity to present it through both negligence and the abuse of power by those entrusted with such responsibility and authority. Corrupt and criminal power structures reward the un-professionals who do not protest and who look the other way from injustice. Even those who previously penned internal articles or hang posters in their work space extolling the importance of values and ethics in business submit to the greed of ascending in a corrupt and criminal hierarchy. It’s a disgusting hypocrisy and fall from grace to observe. This is the type of low-integrity professionals that corrupt narcissistic organizations produce, and that soiled industries and professions embrace. These un-professionals pollute and ruin the industry and the level commercial playing field. These un-professionals would rather watch the innocent die than compromise their selfish upward mobility.
Those with integrity are blacklisted out of the profession while the most evil, such as Reinhardsen, are protected and promoted. This needs to change. Reinhardsen never did his job as Petroleum Geo-Services ASA CEO and President, and he is not doing his job as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Equinor. Reinhardsen has never commented nor protested the many critical articles written about him and PGS employees even though employment contracts have non-disparagement clauses. Why not? I contend that he was a principal in a conspiracy to defraud and illegally terminate a foreign worker whistleblower.
CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF NORWAY’S CORPORATE CORRUPTION, STARTING WITH EQUINOR & PGS ASA.
Norway’s Corporate Corruption is Destroying a Law Abiding USA Family and a Country’s Reputation of Trust
PGS ASA & Carl Richards have NEVER reached-out to clarify ANY of the issues mentioned in the blog posts directly prior to delivering their Criminal Defamation Claims angainst me in Thailand. Weren’t these blackmail? This corrupt abuse of power steamrolls truth and justice. There is a time limit for defamation claims of one-year after the publication, per the UK Limitation Act. PGS ASA used the criminal court system of Thailand maliciously, and I am near certain also illegally, to silence an accuser and whistleblower over three-years following initial publications of accusations. Any “criminal” damage was self-inflicted. When will the O&G and seismic industry wake-up and say something and demand a thorough investigation? When will PGS ASA employee’s demand an investigation and stop sucking the harmful tits of corruption? Such corruption is bad for all stakeholders, especially the victims of corruption, fraud, harassment, and discrimination. Why do we allow Norway’s evil corporations to lie and deceive the O&G and Seismic industry?
ATTN: Walter Qvam, Chairman CC Directors: Daniel J. Piette, Holly Van Deursen, Carol Bell, Anne Grethe Dalanem, Morten Borge, Richard Herbert
Chairman Qvam, et al.:
The PGS board of directors and several senior managers are corrupt and have behaved immorally and criminally to the detriment of the enterprise and its stakeholders. PGS board of directors and several senior managers, including compliance officers, need to be investigated thoroughly by a third-party for corruption and fraud.
I am writing this letter in order to reiterate directly and publicly my concerns regarding the direction and management of Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS).
The PGS Board of Directors, PGS Executive Management, and several other senior managers have abrogated their legal agency responsibilities to the detriment of PGS stakeholders, competitors, the marine seismic service sector, as well as the greater oil and gas (O&G) industry.
As a general rule, given the choice, most would prefer not to do business with evil and dishonest moral degenerates. Thus, the long-term business success and future of PGS is in jeopardy with the current board and executive composition of the enterprise.
Jon Erik Reinhardsen is currently the CEO and President of Norwegian marine seismic service company, Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS). Reinhardsen recently (29 May 2017) announced that he will retire from PGS at the end of August 2017. Reinhardsen is not the only person who needs to retire from PGS. Reinhardsen never understood the cyclic seismic industry so much as financial instruments and legal loopholes. PGS desperately needs a solid and ethical leader and executive team who understand thoroughly the cyclic nature and technology demands of the marine seismic industry. The new CEO should also understand the importance of adhering to core values to serve all stakeholders. Ethics and values are the only stable thing in business, to which Reinhardsen pays only lip-service. It is a sad testament to the O & G industry that Reinhardsen has been picked to chair Norwegian oil company Statoil. This may be the worst decision that the Statoil board has ever made.
The image which heads this blog article is the screen capture from a Google™ Image search of PGS #Pedersen. By any standard, leadership entrusted with advancing the company, as well as its directors and management’s, reputation would not allow being associated with such imagery and accusations. Therefore, any settlement contract that is intended to end an employment relationship on fair, equitable and reasonable terms, yet allows the employer and its agents open to such public ridicule and criticism would not seem to accomplish its intended objectives. In fact, the outcome of this settlement has apparently left Norwegian marine seismic service company, Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) and its UK affiliate, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited (PGSUK), agents impotent in constructively resolving such an online tirade. The PGS/PGSUK legal compliance lawyer, Rune Olav Pedersen (PGS #Pedersen) is responsible for this contract and all of the online postings which it has inspired.
Having come across an article written by London employment law solicitor, Philip Landau (currently of Landau Law), in October 2013, I contacted and later engaged Landau to help me. I am a U.S. citizen who was working for PGS Exploration UK Limited [PGSUK] in Weybridge, England at the time on a Company sponsored Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List) visa. I was working in a toxic workplace and had filed a grievance citing harassment and bullying, in part, through the misuse of the PGSUK performance management system. Inclusive to the grievance was my claim that an unsubstantiated false narrative regarding my professional performance which was being forwarded by PGS managers to impugn my professional reputation. I believe that this was defamation and this was cited as well within my grievance. The only formal employment action between me and PGSUK was the grievance. There were only threats of a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) being investigated, which I qualified as harassment and bullying. The negotiations lasted nearly six-weeks from Oct-2013 to Dec-2013. I left England at the end of 2013 having signed a settlement contract facilitated by Landau and his assistant, Holly Rushton (Landau officially signed-off on the settlement). Placing so much trust and confidence in Landau was a disastrous watershed event in my life.
People with means with integrity and reputations to preserve simply would not allow such published allegations to be left unanswered. Of course, people guilty of wrong-doing also will not engage and place themselves in legal peril. According to the IT law Wiki site, confidence fraud is the reliance on another’s discretion and/or a breach in a relationship of trust resulting in financial loss. It includes a knowing misrepresentation of the truth or concealment of a material fact to induce another to act to his or her detriment.
Corrupt and criminal PGS/PGSUK agents have lied throughout all of this. They have lied to me, to UK Border, to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and to stakeholders. They have been able to lie because of Landau’s binding settlement. Corrupt PGS/PGSUK agents have such little respect for stakeholder clients, employees, and shareholders that without shame they highlight grifters like Cather as spokespeople for anti-corruption. Laughing like this only hurts. What Landau taught me about employment settlement contracts is that you cannot trust anyone.
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Norwegian company, PGS ASA, UK affiliate, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited directors Rune Olav Pedersen, Gottfred Langseth, Christin Steen-Nilsen and former secretary, Carl Richards filed criminal defamation claims against me in Thailand for content that was published on nopgs.com. They claimed that my publications were false and malicious and had damaged the reputation of PGS ASA to a criminal level. How did they let this happen?
“Ethics are never optional,” says John Levy. Unethical board behavior invariably leads to bad decisions and disastrous results. At a minimum, it risks reducing shareholder value. And too often it destroys trust.
However, as with everything, there appears to be a gray area. No pun intended of course, but this experience made me wonder how much bad news is too much? If someone comes to you for reputation management, it’s highly likely that they’re responsible for committing the sins highlighted in the SERPs [Search Engine Results Page]. If they were innocent, they’d not be at an SEO firm, but in court, filing for libel.
I now believe that the two Criminal Defamation Claims filed in Thailand by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Carl Richards were most likely fraudulent. PGS ASA executives Rune Olav Pedersen, PGS CEO and President; Gottfred Langseth, PGS CFO and EVP; Christin Steen-Nilsen, Chief Accountant serve as directors of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited. Carl Richards is a former secretary of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited. The question that must be answered is how competent directors could allow the situation to cause such damage? Nopgs.com was born in August 2016 following several blog publications on the LinkedIn Pulse platform. In August 2016, I was restricted from publishing on the LinkedIn Pulse platform. I sought a platform independent of misinformed gate-keepers who did not possess a knowledge of true events that I believed were being related in my blog post publications. Between April – August 2016, I had e-mailed articles, links, and content to the PGS Compliance team, which was comprised of (then) PGS General Counsel, Rune Olav Pedersen, as well as PGS SVP Global Human Resources, Terje Bjolseth. I never received any response to my many queries made through my blog post articles which I regarded as protected public disclosure, or whistleblowing. The subsequent compromise agreements proffered to stop forwarding the Thai criminal claims initiated in September 2018 – three years following the initial LinkedIn publications — by PGS ASA and Carl Richards demanded that all content residing on nopgs.com be removed because it was deemed defamatory. This included content published between July 2015 – August 2016 that had been sent to the PGS Compliance Team for comment and action.
Because of these facts, I now believe that the taking down of nopgs.com was domain theft. PGS ASA and Carl Richards falsely accused me of crimes in Thailand, but never of contractual breaches in England. Each Thai criminal claim held a possible 2-5 year prison term in Thailand. Using such threats of violence to squelch the voice of a victim of crimes and a publicly declared whistleblower is blackmail. I had committed no crimes, and PGS ASA and Carl Richards knew it. PGS ASA and Carl Richards intentionally and maliciously bypassed contractual provisions governed by the laws of England to remove protected public disclosure – whistleblowing – content by misusing the Thailand criminal justice system. Neither PGS ASA nor Carl Richards ever provided an alternative explanation to counter claims made within the blog post articles of corrupt and criminal acts perpetrated by agents of PGS ASA. I am a USA citizen who was sponsored on a Tier 2 visa and employed by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited. I believe that I was illegally terminated from employment through the use of a fraudulent settlement contract. My publications have provided substantive evidence supporting these allegations.
PGS ASA has uttered forged documents to support the fraudulent settlement contract which was proffered to avoid criminal and civil liability for contractual breaches, health and safety violations, harassment, and discrimination which were articulated within a 20 September 2013 filed grievance to PGS ASA executives. The settlement contract agreement signed on 5 December 2013 which terminated my employment contained Confidentiality (non-disparagement) clauses precisely to protect the reputation and business interests of PGS ASA (formerly Petroleum Geo-Services ASA). Yet, PGS ASA does not invoke these clauses to stop my publications in a timely manner? My first publication which identified and named PGS and its executives was published on the LinkedIn(TM) Pulse platform 3 July 2015. An American, the UK Data Protection Act, Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) and the Tyranny of “Accurate Data” [3 July 2015]first publicly disclosed that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was processing inaccurate personal data in violation of the UK Data Protection Act 1998. Nopgs.com would have never been online had PGS ASA executives responsibly enforced the terms and conditions of the original employment contract as well as the settlement contract agreement.
PGS ASA Shareholders and Employees should sue the PGS ASA Board of Directors and Executive Management for damages. Corrupt and negligent management has devalued the PGS ASA brand and all that is associated with it.
Nondisparagement agreements have been enforced in court settings at both the state and federal levels. This agreement often gets violated because its wording is vague. Further, many people don’t understand what constitutes as disparagement.
This is usually an essential section of an agreement for many businesses, due to the importance of a company’s reputation. Things like negative publicity can drive potential customers away and lead to a drop in profit. Therefore, many businesses will readily seek to enforce breaches of these clauses.
The published contents of nopgs.com when PGS ASA and Carl Richards initiated their criminal defamation claims in THAILAND clearly states that nopgs.com promotes anti-corruption and whistleblowing. The actual nopgs.com site postings were in the ENGLISH LANGUAGE. No content was ever published in the Thai language, nor was any Thai citizen’s name or affiliation published on nopgs.com. The only named individuals on nopgs.com were agents alleged to be involved in the uttering and dissimenation of defamatory forged documents related to my termination from employment with PGS Exploration (UK) Limited. Translations (Google Translate) were only provided to my hired Thai attorney in preparation of my criminal defense. NoThai person, business, or politician was the subject of my publications on nopgs.com.
Nopgs.com was taken down following an alleged breach in the terms and conditions of a compromise agreement which was proffered in lieu of proceeding to trial in Thai Criminal Court. In November 2018, I alerted / blew the whistle to a PGS ASA customer who was negotiating a significant transaction with PGS ASA that I was being threatened with litigation in Thailand for blowing the whistle. I believed then, as I do now, that I was a victim of extortion / blackmail. Nopgs.com content was volutarily taken down to avoid criminal trial as PGS ASA and Carl Richards considered accepting the terms and conditions of the compromise agreement proffered in Thailand. All lawyers involved with this compromise agreement had been made aware of the UK Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) and Norway’s Working Environment Act (WEA) which are in place to protect whistleblowers. I volunteered to remove content and had taken nopgs.com offline during this period of consideration. (I was actually ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand for nine (9) days when nopgs.com was taken down. The criminal proceedings especially traumatized my Buddhist wife and in-laws.) However, I never agreed to nopgs.com being taken down completely. This was done without my consent and I believe was theft. For one thing, I had broadcast the domain for sale – meaning nopgs.com belonged to me and that it had monetary value. Further, the taking down of nopgs.com is not part of the terms and conditions of the compromise agreement.
The compromise agreement signed in Thailand did not provide PIDA protection, and therefore clauses restricting published content are voidable under PIDA 43J. PGS ASA and Carl Richards intentionally misused the Thai legal system to avoid the UK and Norwegian legal systems where my complaints and allegations were well grounded in documentation, as well as contract and criminal law. This is why PGS ASA and Carl Richards, as well as other co-conspirators involved in forming the signed 5 December 2013 settlement contract agreement which terminated my employment, do not invoke the terms and conditions for confidentiality and non-disparagement. Valid contracts construed under the laws of England provide whistleblower protection. Invoking the terms and conditions of the signed 5 December 2013 settlement contract agreement for breaches would also require PGS ASA and Carl Richards to address the salient issues leading to its proffering and also the supporting documentation. I have long contended that the supporting documentation being processed within my PGS Exploration (UK) Limited personnel file is comprised of inaccurate and defamatory forged documents which render the 5 December 2013 settlement contract agreement to be an illegal contract. I believe that the 5 December 2013 settlement contract agreement was proffered to conceal criminal and civil wrong-doing. I also believe that my representative counsel/solicitor Philip Landau was bribed to process the forged documents and illegal contract. My online publications on nopgs.com substantiated my claims of criminal wrong-doing by PGS ASA and Carl Richards with documentation. Regardless, in the final analysis, any damages to PGS ASA and Carl Richards’ reputations could have and should have been addressed in the English legal system referencing the 5 December 2013 settlement contract agreement and not in the Thai legal system – thus BLACKMAIL.
PGS ASA General Counsel and Legal Compliance at the time of the settlement contract agreement signing was none other than current (alleged criminal) PGS ASA CEO and President, Rune Olav Pedersen! Lawyer Carl Richards was appointed PGS Exploration (UK) Limited Secretary 13 September 2013 to prepare for the conspiracy to defraud a foreign worker whistleblower. I believe that operatives in the legal firm Watson, Farley, and Williams, notably Rhodri Thomas, were bribed to process an illegal settlement contract under false pretenses supported by defamatory forged documents along with my hired solicitor, Philip Landau and his associate Holly Rushton. PGS ASA HR personnel must understand that unsigned and unverified documents would not withstand true legal scrutiny in a legitimate court of law. The perpetrators need only to remain silent and take no action to get away with their fraud. The criminal claims put forward in Thailand, which I believe were illegitimate, were a high risk move intended to scare their victim into silence. It didn’t work. I have now breached every contract PGS ASA has formed because I am fully confident that PGS ASA is illegally processing – uttering forged documents created to defame, blacklist, and defraud a victim of their crimes. If the 5 December 2013 signed settlement agreement were a valid legal instrument, then why has PGS Exploration (UK) Limited not invoked its non-disparagement protections? Similarly, if the two compromise agreements signed in Thailand are valid legal instruments, then why can’t PGS lawyers elaborate on how their litigation in Thailand is legal and compliant and also demonstrate that legal processes and documents were processed for my termination of employment? PGS Exploration (UK) Limited refuse to answer or address the concerns brought-up in the 5 December 2014 e-mail challenging the integrity of the data being processed in my name. In other words, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is running from the truth. This is the opposite of defamation.
I worked in England for 36 months on a Tier 2 visa, eligible through the Shortage Occupation List where companies must specifically require and request foreign expertise where there is no resident eligible candidates. I left England at the end of 2013 shortly after having our family visa’s renewed. Therefore, DPA applies to my personal data processed in the UK. The sixth principle of the DPA gives rights to the individual in respect of personal data the organization holds about them. Toward the end of 2014, I learned more about DPA and submitted a subject access request (SAR) to my former employer to find out what data was being held about me.
Most data controllers are inclined to process subject data reasonably. It would not be fair to suggest that how my personal data was processed is common or reflective of normal business practices. For this reason, I believe it is imperative that the data controller and processors involved with my personal data be specifically identified. My employer was PGS Exploration UK Limited, which is an affiliate of the Norwegian company, Petroleum Geo-Services. For the record, Norway adheres to their version of the EU Directive which is similar to the DPA, the Personal Data Act. In my daily work in England, I interacted and communicated with the main office in Norway frequently. I was employed as a Contract Sales Supervisor for the Marine Contract division, Africa region. My boss in England was Edward Von Abendorff, VP Marine Contract Sales Africa. His boss is Simon Cather, Regional President for Africa. The main processor for my SAR was David Nicholson, Human Resource Manager. I also communicated with individuals based in Norway: Per Arild Reksnes, Executive Vice President of Marine Contract, Terje Bjølseth, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, and John Greenway, Senior Vice President, Marine Contract with respect to my processed data.
I am not a multinational company, but I have been around the block and around the world. I understand the challenges faced in this climate. I cannot accept my narrative being defined through the tyranny of self-impressed psychopaths. I want control of my narrative. I know what I have done for the past fourteen years and before. For most data subjects the issue is data accuracy, not damages that meet some subjective legal definition. Falsification is damaging, plain and simple. It is clear to me that values and performance are interpreted much differently. This is why any relationship ends and mature people move on. However, this is difficult to do when those on the other side of the relationship team-up and work in the shadows like vampires scared of the light of day. Instead, they chose to maintain secret files avoiding confrontation that would require them to defend their objectives and actions. The Founding Fathers of the U.S. were endowed with the courage to challenge tyranny because while they feared the abuse of power, they feared the submission to it even more. I call on their spirit. I am American, and this is MY Independence Day.
From April – August 2016, I attempted to contact PGS Compliance Hotline members many times and even forwarded links and posts directly to PGS Compliance Hotline members, including Rune Olav Pedersen. I never received any response regarding my publications from the PGS Compliance Hotline members. However, the litigation in Thailand forwarded by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited directors, Rune Olav Pedersen, Gottfred Langseth, Christin Steen-Nilsen and former secretary, Carl Richards, sought to remove ALL content, even content which had been published for over a year and only mentioned their names, regardless of context. PGS ASA has no interest in the truth. The truth is that I am a victim of now multiple crimes perpetrated through a dysfunctional criminal justice system that overlooks white collar crimes and contributes to the destruction of honest law abiding citizens, as many whistleblowers often are. It is a travesty and injustice! Demand that white collar criminals are investigated and adjudicated. Criminals need to be punished, not their accusers!
Lawyer Carl Richards refuses to answer simple legal questions, but will file a criminal claim outside his jurisdiction
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Why would a defamed UK company and agents rely on the Thai legal system and not the Confidentiality Terms and Conditions of contracts that they were party to and are governed by the laws of England? Is such litigation legal and compliant?
PGS Exploration UK Limited, Weybridge, England, KT13 0NY will engage a Thai law firm and translate content but not actually answer questions or voice concerns in English.
Philip Landau has never commented, complained nor disputed the claims made within my blog post articles directly. Why not? Landau has my contact details. Similarly, no agent of PGS ASA has ever commented, complained nor disputed the claims made within my blog post articles directly. PGS ASA wants my content depublished. Period. They have never even attempted to correct the information since July 2015. Why not?
Current PGS Exploration UK Limited directors: Rune O. Pedersen, PGS ASA CEO; Gottfred Langseth, PGS ASA CFO; Christin Steen-Nilson, PGS ASA Chief Accountant, or former secretaries Carl Richards and Candida Pinto had never taken any action until filing criminal defamation claims against me in Thailand. Their claims are without basis and believed to be extortion intended to silence a victim of their crimes. What is untrue?
Current PGS UK Head of Legal, John Francas, and PGS ASA General Counsel, Lars Mysen, helped forward the claims in Thailand. However, these lawyers refuse to state if the litigation in Thailand was legal under English Law.
Currently, fraud is an easy crime to get away with. This needs to end. Crime shouldn’t ‘pay.’ It undermines the concept of justice and respect for the law.
Challenge corruption, deception, and make the industry more safe and fair by not doing business with opaque organizations who cannot demonstrate their core values or responsible behavior. This is the plea of all victims of crime: Justice.
The Office of the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg
Directors of PGS Exploration UK Limited: Rune O. Pedersen, PGS ASA CEO and President; Gottfred
Langseth, PGS ASA CFO and EVP; Christin Steen-Nilsen, PGS ASA Chief Accountant
PGS ASA General Counsel, Lars Mysen
PGS UK Head of Legal, John Francas
Former PGS Exploration UK Limited Secretary, Carl Richards
PGS ASA Data Protection Officer, Daphne Bjerke
PGS ASA SVP Global Human Resources, Terje Bjølseth (Oversaw grievance
PGS UK Human Resources Manager, Gareth Jones
PGS ASA EVP Operations, Per Arild Reksnes (Oversaw grievance
RE: Norway Corporate Corruption
Dear Madam Prime Minister Erna Solberg,
I am a USA citizen who worked for the UK affiliate of Norwegian
company Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (now PGS ASA) [PGS]. The directors of PGS Exploration UK Limited (PGSUK)
are Norwegian parent company executives.
PGSUK sponsored me and my dependent family members on a Tier 2 visa from
26 September 2010 through 31 December 2013.
My employment was terminated through my signing a settlement contract
I believe that my human rights have been violated and that I was defrauded, defamed, illegally terminated from employment and then blacklisted for being a whistleblower. What I ask for is a thorough and fair third-party police investigation into my allegations. Much of the evidence backing my claims is posted on https://marineseismicsurvey.com/news/. I regard my postings as protected public disclosure, or whistleblowing. PGS governance and personal data processing practices have been proven to me to be non-compliant, dysfunctional and corrupt. Further, I do not want to believe that the Norwegian corporate executive class is above the law. Are they? (Sadly, thus far it seems that they are.)
My writing to you is an act of desperation. Sadly, I have found PGS corporate governance
and compliance avenues of redress unresponsive to whistleblowing allegations of
PGS executive criminal behaviors. I am a
victim of these alleged crimes. In
September 2018, PGS executives who serve as PGSUK directors, Rune O.
Pedersen, PGS CEO and President; Gottfred Langseth, PGS CFO and EVP;
and Christin Steen-Nilsen, PGS Chief Accountant, filed a criminal
complaint against me in Thailand, where I was living with my Thai wife and
children, for publications that I contended to be protected public disclosure,
or whistleblowing. An additional similar
claim was filed against me by former PGSUK secretary, Carl Richards. I believe that the claims filed in Thailand were
illegal extortion intended to silence accusations made by a victim of their
crimes. PGS bypassed the confidentiality
clauses of my original employment contract, as well as the terms and conditions
of my termination settlement contract which were both governed by the Laws of
England. The UK Public Interests
Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA), which protects whistleblowing, is referenced within
the contract confidentiality clauses. To
avoid criminal prosecution in Thailand, I was compelled to sign another
agreement that would “gag” my continued whistleblowing and essentially take
away my rights under English law and contract.
I contend that the claims forwarded in Thailand breached the terms and
conditions of my original employment contract (OEC) and subsequent termination
settlement contract (SCA) and otherwise violated the confidentiality clauses
which included PIDA protections. I haven’t
the financial resources to defend myself.
However, through online publications, I have challenged the legality (Norway/UK
laws) of the claims put forward against me in Thailand. PGS refuses to answer my concerns clearly and
definitively. Instead, I continue to be harassed
and threatened with further criminal and civil prosecution in Thailand by
the acting (English company) PGS UK Head of Legal, John Francas.
My persecutor’s have virtually unlimited resources at their
disposal to make my life hell. How
can I fight back alone? The terms and
conditions set forth in the Thailand agreement seem to also violate similar
protections provided through Norway’s Working Environment Act (WEA). My employment contracts with PGSUK were
governed by the laws of England. As
recently as June 2018, Francas signed a letter where he reaffirmed the terms
and conditions of the SCA were still in effect.
So, how did I end up defending claims translated from Thai language to
English in Thailand last September? I
first published my allegations of PGS wrong-doing online the LinkedIN™
Pulse platform on 3 July 2015. Any online
publication which breached the confidentiality terms and conditions of the SCA should
have been actionable. In fact, it would
have been irresponsible for the directors and secretary to not take such
actions against publications which disparaged PGS or any of its agents. Failing to take action until September 2018
seems to be negligence and a breach of their fiduciary duties. It would also be a betrayal to any named
subject who was wrongly accused of non-compliant and/or criminal behavior
within my publications. PGS never took
any official action against me for numerous publications that were posted
Throughout 2016, I intentionally made the PGS legal
compliance office aware of my concerns and e-mailed them links to my many blog
postings, and even sent complete articles for them to comment on. Pedersen was employed as PGS General Counsel
during this time. I am convinced that
Pedersen was directly involved in coordinating the original fraud as well as
the creation and uttering of forged documents.
Pedersen has never even commented nor challenged my published
online allegations. Many of my
publications focused on then PGS CEO and President and former PGSUK director, Jon
Erik Reinhardsen (now Equinor Chairman of the Board) accusing him of
wrong-doing. Reinhardsen and his team never
responded! Similarly, Reinhardsen has
never defended his decisions and actions nor stood-up or felt the need to exonerate
falsely accused employees since 2015. But,
in September 2018, my publications, including a published and unanswered Open
Letter to the Petroleum Geo-Services ASA Board of Directors, is criminal defamation
in Thailand? No one on the Board of
Directors for PGS can answer simple questions?
It seems legally impossible that such claims can be forwarded in
Thailand without being thoroughly investigated and vetted for compliance in
Norway and/or the UK. It
demonstrates that directors of PGSUK were not engaged for several years. These PGSUK directors should be removed and
replaced, is the message that I get. It
is worse than that. The former and
current directors need to be investigated by law enforcement for their covering-up
alleged illegal and violent behaviors perpetrated against me and my family. This is shameless behavior. No agent of PGS had ever even contacted me
officially prior to the delivery of criminal claims to my wife’s house in
Thailand. This is not professional behavior
aligned to published PGS Core Values and PGS Code of Conduct. It was violent and mean-spirited. And I will not be threatened into silence by
incompetent and corrupt company officials, even if they reside in “corruption-free”
In the USA, citizen’s have no qualms about speaking truth to
or criticizing those who hold political power.
What is often more dangerous for whistleblowers is speaking truth to
those with entrusted corporate power. I
could have never imagined the events of the past five years that have exacted
such a toll on me and my family. I am
depressed and losing hope. I have told
PGS this. Nonetheless, PGS just want me
to be silent and let them live in their fantasy world of never being
caught. When I submitted my workplace
grievance in 2013, I elaborated on the health issues and risks to organizations
that workplace bullying and harassment cause.
PGS withheld health advice and care following my delivery of the formal
grievance in 2013. Rather than behave
ethically and in accordance to the published policy, procedures, and values,
PGS leadership decided to place my health and the health of my family at risk
before accepting responsibility. This is
sick and evil behavior. It violates the
Norwegian Corporate Governance Code of Practice. But, somehow, Reinhardsen escapes investigation
and inquiry and ascends to become the Chairman of the Board for Norway’s
largest corporation which is largely state owned? Such allegations are a blemish to the reputation
of Norway and should be investigated. If
the allegations are true, and I believe that they are, then Norway is operating
in a mythology which disrupts the reality of real-time commerce. We cannot accept, globally, despotic and
corrupt corporate leadership. There may
be a lot more corruption in Texas. I do
not know. What I do know is that I am a
Texan who believes he is a victim of crimes perpetrated by executives of a
Norwegian company. My justice requires the
attention and help from the Norwegian government. Please help me.
I believe that PGS ASA has intentionally defrauded and defamed me for blowing the whistle on them in 2013. This is based on authentic time-stamped e-mail evidence. Now, PGS ASA is harassing me and my family. PGS ASA is trying to blackmail / extort me into silence through their unfounded/fraudulent criminal defamation claims in Thailand.
Explain the 25 October 2013 Memo signed by Terje Bjolseth and Per Arild Reksnes, Rune Olav Pedersen, Gottfred Langseth, Christin Steen-Nilsen, Lars Mysen, John Francas, Daphne Bjerke, Carl Richards, Jon Erik Reinhardsen, Gareth Jones, David Nicholson, Simon Cather, Philip Landau, Rhodri Thomas, or ANYONE ELSE!