Irene Waage Basili began her career at Van Ommeren in 1991 as a chartering and operations manager before taking a position at Western Bulk Carriers in 1994. In 1997, she joined Wilhelmsen where she held various commercial and operational roles before joining Arrow Seismic as CEO in 2007. Arrow was acquired by PGS in 2008, and she served as a VP before leaving in 2010 to become the CEO of GC Rieber Shipping.
Irene was born in 1967 and obtained a bachelors in business administration from Boston University in 1991 after studying business analysis at the Norwegian School of Economics from 1987 to 1988. She attended management programs at Solstrand from 2002 to 2003 and IMD from 2005 to 2006.