Apache, Altus Announce New Altus Midstream CEO

Apache Corporation and Altus Midstream Company (Altus) announced the appointment of Clay Bretches as CEO of Altus Midstream, effective immediately. Bretches will also serve as a member of the Altus board of directors and as Apache’s senior vice president, U.S. Midstream Operations. Brian Freed, CEO of Altus since its inception, will continue in his role as Apache’s senior vice president, Midstream and Marketing.

Bretches previously served as the president and CEO of Sendero Midstream since 2014 and in various leadership roles at Anadarko for 14 years prior to that. At Anadarko, Bretches served as vice president, E&P Services and Minerals from 2010 to 2014, providing commercial, technical and logistical support to the company’s global operations. From 2005 to 2010, he held the position of vice president, Marketing and Minerals, leading Anadarko’s worldwide marketing team for crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids and was instrumental in the formation of Western Gas Partners, a midstream MLP.

Bretches received a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. He was commissioned as an officer into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Texas A&M University and served in various leadership positions in the U.S. Army Reserve. Bretches serves on the advisory council of the Electric Power Research Institute and is the past board of directors president of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Gulf Coast Chapter.

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