Apache Corporation has announced that the company’s executive vice president and executive advisor to the chief executive officer, Rodney J. Eichler, will retire at the end of June, 2015.
“Throughout his career at Apache, Rod has demonstrated integrity and an enduring commitment to our company and our core values,” said John J. Christmann, IV, chief executive officer and president. “He has played a significant role in growing Apache’s successful international businesses.
“In particular, he was instrumental in building Apache’s position in Egypt’s Western Desert. Rod has our highest respect for his dedication to Apache, and I know I speak for all my colleagues in wishing him well in retirement,” he added.
“Those of us who were privileged to work under Rod’s leadership in Egypt owe him a debt of gratitude, and we will miss him greatly. He was not only an effective leader who built a world-class business, but a deeply caring person who built and fostered lasting relationships with his Egyptian employees, government partners and the local community,” said Tom Maher region vice president and general manager – Apache Egypt.
Eichler joined Apache in 1993. He moved to Egypt in 1997 as the vice president of Exploration and Production and became the regional vice president in 1999. He served in Egypt for 12 years before returning to Houston as the co-chief operating officer and president – International.
In 2011, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer where he served for two years before taking on the role of chief executive officer – Kitimat LNG (Upstream) until the company’s LNG interests were sold in April 2015.
Prior to joining Apache, Eichler served in the capacity of vice president – Exploration for Axem Resources, LLC in Denver, Colo., and held geologist and management roles for Tenneco Oil Company.