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Washington, D.C. 20549





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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 4, 2020



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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On March 4, 2020, Apache Corporation (the “Company”) announced that the board of directors of the Company appointed Clay Bretches as executive vice president, Operations of the Company effective as of January 1, 2020. In this role, Mr. Bretches will serve as the principal operating officer of the Company.

No material plan, contract, or arrangement was entered into or materially amended by the Company in connection with the appointment of Mr. Bretches, and there was no grant or award made by the Company to Mr. Bretches or modification thereto under any such plan, contract, or arrangement in connection with his appointment. Mr. Bretches (i) has no family relationship with any director or other executive officer of the Company or any person nominated or chosen by the Company to become a director or executive officer; (ii) is not a party to any related person transaction with the Company; and (iii) has no arrangements or understandings with any other person pursuant to which he was selected as an officer of the Company.

Mr. Bretches, 55, most recently served as the Company’s senior vice president, U.S. Midstream Operations, and continues to serve as the chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Altus Midstream Company, a Delaware corporation and a controlled subsidiary of the Company. He held these roles since January 16, 2019, and previously served as president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Sendero Midstream Partners, LP from March 2014 to January 15, 2019.

Prior to joining Sendero, Mr. Bretches held various executive management positions at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation from November 2000 to March 2014. Mr. Bretches served as vice president, E&P Services and Minerals from 2010 to 2014, providing centralized commercial, technical, and logistical support to all of Anadarko’s worldwide operations, and as vice president, Marketing and Minerals from 2005 to 2010, leading Anadarko’s worldwide marketing team for crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Prior to joining Anadarko, Mr. Bretches led the crude oil marketing and midstream operations for Vastar Resources Inc.

He started his career as an engineer for ARCO Oil and Gas Company, a subsidiary of Atlantic Richfield Company, working on various drilling, completion, and reservoir engineering projects in West Texas and the midcontinent. Mr. Bretches currently serves on the advisory council of the Electric Power Research Institute and previously served as the president of the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation—Gulf Coast Chapter.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.





Date: March 4, 2020





/s/ Rebecca A. Hoyt




Rebecca A. Hoyt




Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Controller