Apache Announces Executive Organizational Changes; Promotes John Christmann To
COO North America And Tom Voytovich To COO International
HOUSTON, Sept. 23, 2013
HOUSTON, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA)
announced today several changes to its executive organization, effective Jan.
"Apache is undergoing a transformation that will position the company for many
years of predictable and profitable growth," said G. Steven Farris, chairman
and chief executive officer. "Between 2010 and 2012, we took advantage of our
balance sheet strength to expand the opportunity base in our North American
regions, and Apache now has decades of drilling inventory. We are
concentrating our effort around the most promising growth areas for the
company. These organization updates strengthen our focus on delivering and
supporting operational success."
oRod Eichler, president and chief operating officer, will be transitioning
to the newly created roles of executive advisor to the chairman of Apache
andas the chief executive officer of Kitimat (LNG and upstream), where he
will focus on oversight of Apache's liquefied natural gas business, Gas
Monetization, and corporate Health, Safety, Environment and Emergency
oJohn Christmann, region vice president for the Permian, will assume the
role of executive vice president and chief operating officer, North
oTom Voytovich, executive vice president for International Operations, is
taking on the role of executive vice president and chief operating
oMike Bahorich, executive vice president and chief technology officer, will
take on additional responsibilities. He will maintain responsibility for
exploration and production technology, and assume responsibility for
Worldwide Projects, Horizontal Drilling and Completion Applications,
Worldwide Drilling, Special Projects and Corporate Purchasing.
oMichael Bose, region vice president for Argentina, will transfer to
Midland as the region vice president for the Permian Region. David Chi,
manager of Argentina Production and Reservoir Engineering, will be interim
region vice president for Argentina.
oRob Johnston will serve as executive vice president and region vice
president for the Central Region.
oRoger Plank continues in his role as president and chief corporate
Farris noted that these appointments strengthen and broaden Apache's senior
leadership. As a result of these organizational changes, the three-person
Office of the Chief Executive will be discontinued.
Rod Eichler has been instrumental in leading Apache's operations during its
unprecedented international and domestic growth. In his new role, he will
provide oversight to Gas Monetization, Apache's LNG partners, and the Kitimat
Upstream teams to assure the success of these important growth projects.
Eichler's comprehension of global geopolitical issues, his exemplary record of
accomplishment in exploration and production, plus his grasp of organizational
dynamics make him an invaluable asset to Apache.
Eichler was appointed president and chief operating officer of Apache in
February 2011. He served as president and co-chief operating officer –
International, leading the North Sea, Egypt, Australia and Argentina regions
since February 2009. An executive vice president since 2000, he headed
Apache's Egyptian operations since 1997. Prior to that, he was region vice
president for the Western Region in Houston and region exploration and
development manager for the Rocky Mountain Region in Denver.
Prior to joining Apache in 1993, Eichler was vice president, Exploration for
Axem Resources. He was also associated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and Tenneco Oil Co.
Eichler received his bachelor's and master's degrees in geological engineering
from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of the American Association
of Petroleum Geologists, a certified professional geologist, and a registered
professional engineer in the state of Texas. He is chairman and a director of
Springboard – Educating the Future, a non-profit corporation that funded
construction of 200 schools for girls and boys in Egypt's rural villages.
John Christmann has held the position of region vice president of the Permian
Region since January 2010. He previously served as vice president, Business
Development. Prior to that, he held various positions of increasing
responsibility in the business development area and production management in
the Gulf of Mexico Shelf region since joining Apache in 1997. He was
previously employed by ARCO/Vastar Resources, where he held positions in
business development, crude oil marketing and various production, reservoir
and operations engineering assignments.
He received his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado
School of Mines and Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist
University. The Midland Chamber of Commerce elected Christmann to its Board of
Directors in 2013. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Petroleum
Industry Advisory Board to the Texas Tech University Petroleum Engineering
Tom Voytovich has served as executive vice president, International Operations
since February of this year. Prior to this position, he served as the region
vice president and general manager of Apache Egypt since June 2009. Voytovich
was region vice president of the Central Region from 2006 to 2009 and
exploration manager from 2004 until 2006. Prior to joining Apache in 1993, he
worked in geological, engineering and management positions with Shell Oil Co.,
Petro-Lewis, Berexco, and Hillin-Simon Oil Co. He has a Bachelor of Science
degree in geological engineering from Michigan Technological University and is
an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist.
Mike Bahorich currently holds the position of executive vice president and
chief technology officer. He was previously executive vice president –
Exploration and Production Technology, vice president – Exploration and
Production Technology, vice president – Exploration Technology, and the
company's chief geophysicist. Prior to joining the Company, Bahorich was
employed at Amoco Corporation. A graduate of the University of Missouri at
Columbia, he received his master's degree in geophysics from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Houston
Museum of Natural Science and serves on advisory boards at Stanford and Yale
Michael Bose has held the position of region vice president and country
manager – Argentina since May 2011. He served as development/exploitation
manager in the Argentina Region from 2010 until being named region vice
president. Previously, he was region production manager of South Permian. Bose
joined Apache in 2004 as a senior staff production engineer. During his career
at Apache, he has held positions in production and operations in the Gulf
Coast, Central and Permian regions. Prior to joining Apache, he worked for
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for 12 years in various production, drilling,
completions and reservoir engineering positions. He has a bachelor's degree in
petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
David Chi is currently serving as manager of Region Production and Reservoir
Engineering for Argentina. He joined Apache in 2007 as senior reservoir
engineer, and in 2009 was named manager of Capital Systems. Prior to joining
Apache, he served in technical and leadership roles at Burlington Resources,
El Paso Production Company, Schlumberger Integrated Projects and Conoco, Inc.
He has a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech
Rob Johnston has served as region vice president – Central since 2009. He held
that position from 2002 to 2006 when he transferred to Argentina as the
country's first region manager. Johnston joined Apache in 1982 as a geologist
in the Mid-Continent Region before transferring to Cairo as development
manager in 1996 and to Calgary as exploitation manager in 2000. He has a
bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Tulsa.
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operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Australia
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