CLAY BRETCHES is executive vice president of Operations for Apache Corporation and CEO and president of Altus Midstream Company.
Previously, Mr. Bretches was senior vice president – U.S. Midstream Operations of Apache. Prior to Apache and Altus Midstream, Mr. Bretches 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, Mr. 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. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bretches led the crude oil marketing and midstream operations for Vastar Resources and worked as an engineer for ARCO on various drilling, completion, and reservoir engineering projects in West Texas and the midcontinent.
Mr. 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. Mr. 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.