Apache announces management changes

Apache Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company, has appointed Thomas Voytovich to the newly created position of executive vice president of international operations, with responsibility for all of Apache's regional activities outside the US Lower 48, excluding the Kitimat gas monetization project.

Voytovich has served as region vice president and general manager of Apache's Egypt operations since 2009. Earlier, he was vice president of the Central Region from 2006 to 2009 and the region's 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.

Thomas Maher, currently vice president and managing director of Apache's operations in Australia, will assume the role of vice president and general manager of Apache's Egypt operations. Prior to his promotion to vice president in Australia in 2010, Maher served in Egypt as manager of geology from 2002 to 2005 and manager of exploration from 2005 until 2010. He also was exploration manager of the Central Region from 1995 to 2002. Prior to joining Apache, he worked in exploration and development geology assignments with Cotton Petroleum and Texaco in the Mid-continent, Rockies and China.

Faron Thibodeaux has been promoted to vice president and managing director in Australia. He joined Apache in 2008 and served most recently as director of operations in Australia. In 2011, Thibodeaux was transferred to Australia from Egypt, where he was the drilling manager. Prior to joining Apache, he worked for Chevron and Unocal in engineering and management positions, including assignments in the Gulf of Mexico, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Thailand.

Chevron joined the Kitimat LNG project - a move that is expected to help Apache monetize two natural gas resources in North America - Horn River and Liard in British Columbia, Canada - through a planned liquefied natural gas project on the province's northwest coast.

As a result of the change in operatorship of Kitimat LNG and Apache's continued focus on the upstream development of Horn River and Liard, Timothy Wall will lead the initiative as president of Kitimat Upstream Operations. Wall has served as region vice president and president of Apache Canada Limited since 2009. Prior to these Canadian leadership roles, Wall held international positions for Apache Corporation. He first joined Apache in 1990 as an engineer in Houston, and moved to Midland as Permian Basin district manager in 1993. He became Gulf Coast production manager in 1996, country manager for China in 1997, Central Region operations manager in 2000, and North Sea operations manager in 2004. In 2006, he assumed the positions of Australia Region vice president and managing director of Apache Energy Ltd.

Robert Spitzer will join the Kitimat Upstream Operations team as executive vice president of development. Spitzer has held leadership positions in Apache's exploration program in Canada since joining the company in 1999. Prior to joining Apache, he held geology and exploration management positions at Shell Canada.

Timothy Sullivan has been promoted to region vice president and president of Apache Canada Limited, replacing Wall. Sullivan joined Apache in 1986 and has served as reservoir engineering manager of the Central Region since 1997.