Team

Leadership Backed by Experience

Apex is led by a world-class management team with a proven track record of delivering exploration, development and production projects across multiple geographies. Many of our senior management team played a significant role in the success of one of the largest oil producers in Egypt and subsequently established Apex attracted by the opportunities for a well-funded, experienced operator in the MENA region.

 

Our management is guided by a supportive and experienced Board that includes Apex executives, Bluewater, IFC professionals, and independent Directors with substantial industry and regional experience.

Executive Management

Apex International Energy is led by industry veterans with extensive experience growing profitable upstream oil and gas assets, with a particularly strong track record in Egypt.

Click on the pictures below to learn about the depth of our experienced team

Roger B. Plank

Roger B. Plank
Founder and CEO

Thomas M. Maher

Thomas M. Maher
President and COO

Houston Management

Bob Milius

Bob Milius
Chief  Financial Officer

Glenn E. Joyce

Glenn E. Joyce
Chief  Administrative Officer

David A. Pivnik

David A. Pivnik
Vice President Exploration and New Ventures

Sean M. Bolks

Sean Bolks
Vice President Strategic Planning and Business Analysis

Willis “Trey” Gilmore

Willis “Trey” Gilmore
Vice President Corporate Reservoir Engineering

Frederico Ribeiro

Frederico Ribeiro
Director of Geology

Grant Hill

Grant Hill
Director of Finance & Controller

Egypt Management

Keith R. Dowling

Keith R. Dowling
Vice President Engineering – Egypt

Raed Saba

Raed Saba
Deputy Country Manager and Exploration Manager

Dalal Hanno

Dalal Hanno
Regional HR and Administration Manager

Ihab Ismail

Ihab Ismail
Accounting Manager

Ali Soliman

Ali Soliman
Regional Drilling Manager

Mohamed Ghareeb

Mohamed Ghareeb
Regional Information Technology Manager

Ashraf Elmanawy

Ashraf Elmanawy
Contracts & Procurement Manager

Taher Gado

Taher Gado
Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Manager

Board of Directors

Apex International Energy benefits from an experienced Board of Directors

Click on the pictures below to learn about the directors

Roger B. Plank

Roger B. Plank
Director

Thomas M. Maher

Thomas M. Maher
Director

Rod J. Eichler

Rodney J. Eichler
Director

Amr Diab

Amr Diab
Director

Ihab Toma

Ihab Toma
Director

Olivier Mussat

Olivier Mussat
Director

Graeme  Sword

Graeme Sword
Director

Rohan Manaktala

Rohan Manaktala
Director

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    Roger Plank founded Apex and has served as CEO since inception in April 2016.His previous experience included several senior executive positions, including CFO and later President, over thirty plus years, for a large independent oil and gas company. Roger was actively involved in building a significant and profitable upstream business with a balanced portfolio of assets and an international footprint spanning six different countries.

    Roger served on the Board of Directors of Newfield Exploration and Parker Drilling where he was Lead Director. He also serves on the board of Houston’s Alley Theatre.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University in 1979 and his MBA from St. Thomas University in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minn. in 1982.

  • Thomas “Tom” Maher joined Apex International Energy in May 2016 as President and COO. Prior to joining Apex, he held several senior leadership positions in his thirty-year career with a U.S. based independent exploration and production company with assignments in the USA, Australia and Egypt. His teams enjoyed success growing production and reserves in all three countries.

    Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s in geology from Miami University (Ohio), and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is an American Association of Petroleum Geologists Certified Petroleum Geologist.

    Tom is a past Chairman and current Advisor to the Egypt Oil & Gas Committee and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Aton Resources. He previously served as a director for the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Community Services Association in Egypt, and Cairo American College.

  • Robert “Bob” Milius joined Apex in October 2017 as Chief Financial Officer with over 20 years of global corporate finance and investment banking experience.

    Prior to joining Apex, Bob served in banking roles as a for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and has lived in the Middle East providing M&A and capital raising services to public and private companies and Government related entities throughout the energy and power value chain.  He has also worked in other banking roles and was based in New York.  In addition to strategic advisory and corporate finance work, Bob has experience in complex structured and project finance transactions in the energy sector, including both in the MENA region and elsewhere around the world.

    Bob received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Glenn Joyce was appointed Chief Administrative Officer in January 2017. He previously served as Director – HR and Administration when he joined Apex in April 2016. Prior to joining Apex International Energy, he spent over 17 years with an independent exploration and production company working overseas and even residing in Egypt for several years. Glenn has held several management positions managing HR function leaders in Australia, Argentina, UK, and Egypt.

    Previously, he worked for a major E&P company and was involved in international operations in many different countries. Glenn currently serves on the Board of Directors of USA Compression Partners.

    Glenn has been instrumental in building infrastructure of foreign office locations, creating systems and establishing structure for the business operations in overseas locations.

    Glenn received his bachelor’s in accounting from Texas A&M University.

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    Dave Pivnik serves as Vice President of Exploration and New Ventures and brings over 28 years of geotechnical and leadership experience, including 10 years spent in Egypt.

    Prior to joining Apex in 2016, he served in many geo-technical and leadership positions around the world with both majors and independent exploration and production companies. He discovered and developed several significant new oil and gas fields while in Egypt and Australia, and has played key roles in exploration and development efforts in the North Sea, SE Asia, Rocky Mountains and west Texas.  Dave has also managed geotechnical subsurface teams, including specialists focused on petroleum systems and geomechanics. His experience and skill set spans exploration and development, and his new ventures experiences are geographically wide-ranging, including MENA, SE Asia, Europe and Oceania. He has authored and co-authored numerous geotechnical papers, serves as an Associate Editor for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and has taught geology at the university level.

    Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the State University of New York at Fredonia, a master’s in geology from the University of Rochester, and a PhD in geology from Dartmouth College.

  • Sean Bolks joined Apex in April 2016 and was appointed Vice President Strategic Planning and Business Analysis in September 2016. He previously served as Associate VP – Strategic Planning and Business Analysis for Apex. Sean brings 20 years of broad experience in many segments of the energy business. Before Apex, he had served as Director of Risk Assessment and Special Projects at a large independent exploration and production company. His responsibilities included chairing the risk committee and overseeing the development of risk identification and mitigation processes. In addition, Sean concentrated on the valuation of assets and contractual structuring, particularly for LNG projects, as well as for various acquisition and divestiture efforts.

    Sean continues to teach as an adjunct professor at Rice University from time to time and has a position of Fellow by Courtesy.

    He holds a Ph.D. from Rice University and held post-doctoral positions at Rice and Binghamton University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

  • Willis “Trey” H. Gilmore III joined Apex in April 2017 as Vice President Corporate Reservoir Engineering and brings over 25 years of engineering and leadership experience to Apex.

    Prior to joining Apex, Trey served as Reservoir Engineering Manager and as Vice President of Reservoir Engineering and Planning at various independent exploration and production companies.

    Throughout Trey’s career he has served in other independent E&P companies in a variety of roles in both engineering and leadership as well as regional and corporate environments.

    He received his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Frederico “Fred” Ribeiro joined Apex in December 2016 as Director of Geology and has over 30 years of broad geoscience experience, including five years based in Egypt.

    Prior to joining Apex, he was a global new ventures and exploration independent consultant. He has also served in several managerial and technical positions around the world with a variety of exploration and production companies (majors, independents and NOC).

    Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the School of Mines of the Federal University of Ouro Preto (EM-UFOP), Minas Gerais, Brazil, a master of science’s degree in remote sensing from the National Institute of Spatial Research (INPE), São Paulo, Brazil and a doctorate in structural geology and tectonics from EM-UFOP in cooperation with the Royal Holloway University of London. He is a member and a certified petroleum geologist of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

  • Grant Hill joined Apex in March 2020 as Director of Finance & Controller.

    Prior to joining Apex, Grant led the Houston business unit of a big four accounting firm’s Energy Financial Due Diligence practice. In this capacity, Grant supported a broad range of industry participants – strategics; financial investors; NOC’s – in their strategy, M&A and business transformation efforts. Prior to his Houston assignment, Grant was based in London and Beijing, working on complex international transactions, including several in the MENA region.

    Grant received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, a Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Keith Dowling joined Apex in May 2016, and was appointed Vice President Engineering – Egypt in August 2019. He previously served as Vice President Business Development and Reservoir Engineering for Apex.  Keith has over 35 years at other independent E&P companies in various technical and management roles in various basins around the world and in the US in both conventional and unconventional resources.  Keith has extensive experience in Egypt – both Western Desert and Gulf of Suez operations.

    He received his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. Prior to attending Texas A&M, Keith received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Bradley University.

  • Raed Saba joined Apex in May 2017 as Deputy Country Manager and Exploration Manager and brings over 29 years of experience working with Shell in geoscience and leadership roles; including assignments in Egypt, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands. Prior to joining Apex, he was the Government Relation Manager and Senior Country Advisor and was the Shell Egypt Exploration Manager prior to that position.

    Raed also served in Total and Western Geophysical in different technical assignments.

    He received his bachelor’s degree (with Honors) in geology and geophysics from Cairo University.

  • Dalal Hanno joined Apex in June 2016 as Regional HR and Administration Manger – Cairo and prior to Apex, she served at Apache Egypt and was the Manager for Public Relations and Deputy Human Resources Manager. Her responsibilities included promoting corporate values and the company image to enable business success. This helped staff the region with the right person in the right position. She also managed HR functions related to policy, payroll, mentoring, etc. and represented the company in business activities with other companies in the industry and the national oil company regarding HR and Administration. Dalal was instrumental in guiding the company and helping bridge the cultural differences in a multi-national company.

    Prior to her time at Apache, Dalal worked for Elf Aquitaine Egypte, Flopetrol and Phoenix Resources Company of Egypt.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in French literature from Ain Shams University and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from the American University in Cairo.

  • Ihab Ismail joined Apex in February 2017 as the Accounting Manager. Prior to joining Apex, he served as the finance manager in foreign oil companies and as a board member of the joint venture operating companies operating in Egypt including Tri Ocean Energy, EnQuest and Statoil Egypt. He has also worked for Apache Egypt, Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company, Qarun Petroleum Company and Coopers & Lybrand.

    He brings 31 years of experience with strong knowledge in oil & gas finance, accounting, tax, ERP system implementations and procurement. Ihab had been responsible for multi-fund budgets ranging from $10 million to $600 million.

    Ihab holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ain Shams University, and certificates in accounting, finance, HSE & management from the University of North Texas(Houston), Southern Methodist University(SMU-Dallas), American Management Association(NYC) and Statoil Academy.

  • Ali Soliman joined Apex in November 2017 as Regional Drilling Manager and brings over 35+ years of experience with drilling and operations. Prior to joining Apex, he was managing a consulting business. Prior to his consulting services he served as the Drilling Manager Tethys Petroleum Limited (Dubai-Tajikistan). Ali has also worked for Energean Oil & Gas, Oil Search, Regal, Tullow, Merlon, Reed Hycalog, Phoenix Resources, Khalda Petroleum Company and Suez Oil Company.

    Ali received his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Cairo University.

  • Mohamed Ghareeb joined Apex in November 2016 as Regional IT Manager. Prior to joining Apex he was the Regional IT Manager MEA region for Medtronic, the global medical device giant. He has also worked as a systems administrator for Apache Egypt and has experience in other industries such FMCG, Technology and pharmaceutical.

    Mohamed has been successful aligning business and technology through applying best industry practices, improved standards, governance and effective communication and continuous service improvement.

    Mohamed Ghareeb received his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Tanta University, ITIL Expert Certificate in IT Service Management and Project Management Professional from PMI Institute. Mohamed has several professional, IT and leadership certificates from Microsoft, Cisco and Axelos.

  • Ashraf Elmanawy joined Apex in January 2018 as Contracts & Procurement Manager and brings over 28 years of experience. Prior to joining Apex, he served as the Contracts Manager for GUPCO, Petzed, BP Egypt and NPC.

    Ashraf received his bachelor’s degree in commerce from Ain Shams University. He is a full member of CIPS UK, has paralegal knowledge of work-related matters, qualified to join CIArb UK, along with numerous other certifications in the contracting and supply chain disciplines.

    Ashraf is a member of the CRCICA Panel of Experts, assigned as co-Arbitrator for a CRCICA case, and volunteer founder and vice-chair of CIPS Egypt Branch.

  • Taher Gado joined Apex in May, 2019 as Health, Safety and Environmental Manager. Prior to joining Apex, Taher was working as a Consultant with the HSE Capacity Building Program initiated by the Minister of Petroleum as part of the Egyptian Oil and Gas sector modernization program.

    He began his career as a MWD/LWD Field Engineer for five years then started a career in HSE in 2001 with British Gas in Egypt and later Transglobe in Egypt along with several temporary international assignments.

    Taher received his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Alexandria University and master’s in environmental, health and safety management from University of Portsmouth. He also earned a post graduate diploma in safety, risk and reliability engineering from Heriot Watt University and a national general certificate from NEBOSH in the UK.

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    Roger Plank founded Apex and has served as CEO since inception in April 2016.His previous experience included several senior executive positions, including CFO and later President, over thirty plus years, for a large independent oil and gas company. Roger was actively involved in building a significant and profitable upstream business with a balanced portfolio of assets and an international footprint spanning six different countries.

    Roger served on the Board of Directors of Newfield Exploration and Parker Drilling where he was Lead Director. He also serves on the board of Houston’s Alley Theatre.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University in 1979 and his MBA from St. Thomas University in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minn. in 1982.

  • Thomas “Tom” Maher joined Apex International Energy in May 2016 as President and COO. Prior to joining Apex, he held several senior leadership positions in his thirty-year career with a U.S. based independent exploration and production company with assignments in the USA, Australia and Egypt. His teams enjoyed success growing production and reserves in all three countries.

    Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s in geology from Miami University (Ohio), and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is an American Association of Petroleum Geologists Certified Petroleum Geologist.

    Tom is a past Chairman and current Advisor to the Egypt Oil & Gas Committee and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Aton Resources. He previously served as a director for the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Community Services Association in Egypt, and Cairo American College.

  • Rod Eichler was previously Executive Vice President and Executive Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Apache Corporation having spent over 20 years with the company.

    He served as Apache’s country manager in Egypt for 10 years. This included the discovery of Apache’s largest ever conventional field (Qasr field) and doubling the Company’s gross operated production in Egypt to over 330,000 boed in less than five years. As Apache’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Rod was responsible for all worldwide operations including five North American and four international business units.

    Rod received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a certified professional geologist, and a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

    Rod has served as a director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and the U.S.-Egypt Business Council.

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    Diab_Amr_5479Amr Diab is a Managing Partner at Cailon Capital, a private investment vehicle and an Advisory Director at Morgan Stanley International. He was previously a Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking for the Middle East and North Africa at Morgan Stanley based in Cairo and Dubai.

    Amr began his career at Morgan Stanley Investment Banking in New York in 1992. During his tenure he was part of the president’s office working on strategic transactions for Morgan Stanley.

    He moved to London with Morgan Stanley Investment Banking before leaving in 2000 becoming a founding partner in Bessent Capital, Walter Capital and Cheiron Capital. He rejoined Morgan Stanley in 2007.

    Throughout Amr’s career, he has been involved in several major transactions in the US, Europe and Middle East, specifically in Egypt.

    Amr is a Fulbright Scholar and received his bachelor’s in Economics from the American University in Cairo (AUC) and his master’s degrees from Columbia and London Business School.

  • Ihab Toma currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Vantage Drilling International. He also is a Board Member of Bibby Offshore, Drilling Systems and 3T/Drilling Systems.

    Ihab’s professional experience spans many functional positions, including line-management, sales and marketing, Geoscience information solutions, operations, HR, and R&D and has held several leading positions at Transocean and previously with Schlumberger.

    His positions with Transocean included Executive Vice President – Operations, Executive Vice President – Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Planning.

    Prior to Transocean, he spent 23 years with Schlumberger at various management and functional positions with global and regional responsibility and with assignment in Europe, North America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Most notably Ihab served as President of the SIS product line and VP Sales and Marketing for Oilfield Services – Europe, Africa and Caspian.

    Ihab holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University.

  • Olivier Mussat is a Chief Investment Officer with IFC’s Global Energy Group.  IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest development finance institution focused on the private sector, with a $2 billion oil & gas portfolio that spans over 30 developing countries.

    He has over 18 years of experience in the energy sector, and has led a number of landmark transactions in emerging markets.   In his role at IFC he leads both equity and debt investments in oil and gas, LNG, and energy infrastructure projects.

    Prior to his current role, he was co-Head of Oil & Gas Project Finance at Standard Chartered Bank in London, and prior to that had technical and commercial roles at Schlumberger and Ecolochem International (a GE company).

    Olivier holds an M.S. from CentraleSupélec Paris, and a B.A. from Virginia Wesleyan University, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

  • Graeme Sword is a co-founding Partner of Bluewater. Graeme has particular expertise in the worldwide oil and gas reserves and oilfield services sectors of the industry.

    He has over 20 years of private equity experience. Prior to joining Bluewater, he was Partner and Head of Oil & Gas at 3i, a UK-based private equity firm. Prior to joining 3i in 1995, Graeme was a Brand Manager at Unilever. Graeme holds a M.A. (Hons) degree in Geography and Political Science from the University of Dundee.

    Mr. Sword is currently a board member of Apex International, Siccar Point Energy, Wellesley Petroleum, Mime Petroleum, Unique Maritime Group, 3t and ROVOP.

  • Rohan joined Bluewater in 2019. His responsibilities include assessment of new opportunities, financial modelling and due diligence and portfolio company monitoring.

    He previously worked at BofA Merrill Lynch as an Associate in the Natural Resources Group, and prior to that at HSBC in the Oil & Gas investment banking team.

    Rohan holds a First Class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Warwick.