About Us

Apex International Energy is an independent  oil and gas exploration and production company focused on Egypt.

Apex International Energy is building an exploration and production business of scale by actively pursuing acquisitions and drilling opportunities in Egypt and other Middle East and North Africa countries. In 2016, Apex was awarded two blocks in Egypt’s Western Desert encompassing 1.7 million acres in the prolific Abu Gharadig Basin.

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. The company’s leaders have over 275 combined years of industry experience, including over 100 years in Egypt in key roles growing operations in Egypt.


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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

Keith R. Dowling

Keith R. Dowling
Vice President Business Development and Reservoir Engineering

Sean M. Bolks

Sean Bolks
Vice President Strategic Planning and Business Analysis

Willis “Trey” Gilmore

Willis “Trey” Gilmore
Vice President Corporate Reservoir Engineering

Alfred B. Buron

Alfred B. Buron
Vice President Production Operations

Frederico Ribeiro

Frederico Ribeiro
Director of Geology

Michael LeBlanc

Mike LeBlanc

Egypt Management

Raed Saba

Raed Saba
Deputy Country Manager and Exploration Manager

Dalal Hanno

Dalal Hanno
Regional HR & Administration Manager – Cairo

Ihab Ismail

Ihab Ismael
Accounting Manager

Mohamed Ghareeb

Mohamed Ghareeb
Regional Information Technology Manager

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    Roger Plank founded Apex and has served as CEO since inception in April 2016. Earlier he was President and Chief Corporate Officer (CCO) of Apache Corporation during his 32 years with the 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors of Newfield Exploration. Previously he served on the board of 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.

  • Tom Maher joined Apex in May 2016 as President and COO. Prior to joining Apex, he was the Region Vice President and General Manager, Apache Egypt Companies from 2013-May 2016. He held several other positions in his thirty-year career with Apache Corporation, including Region VP and General Manager of Apache Australia Energy, Exploration Manager of Apache Egypt, and Exploration Manager for Apache’s Mid-Continent Region of the U.S. 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 resides in Cairo where he has served as a director for both the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and the Community Services Association and is on the Board of Aton Resources Inc.

  • 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 six years as a Managing Director and Head of the Natural Resources Group for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at Barclays. Based in Dubai, Bob provided M&A and capital raising services to public and private companies and Government related entities throughout the energy and power value chain across the MENA region.  Previously, Bob spent 11 years with Lehman Brothers in the Global Natural Resources Group 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 Apache Corporation where his last position was Director Global Human Resources in which he managed the HR functions of the international regions in Apache (Australia, Argentina, UK, Egypt).

    Previously, he worked for Amoco and was involved in international operations in many different countries.

    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 joined Apex in October 2016 as Vice President Exploration and New Ventures and brings over 25 years of geotechnical and leadership experience, including 10 years spent in Egypt.

    Prior to joining Apex, he served in many geo-technical and leadership positions around the world with Amoco, BP, Apache, and Oxy. He discovered and developed several significant new oil and gas fields while in Egypt and Australia. For Oxy, he managed a team of geotechnical subsurface specialists focused on petroleum systems and geomechanics in the Permian Basin. His experience and skill set spans new ventures, exploration and development. He has served as an Associate Editor for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists since 2004, and has also 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.

  • Keith Dowling joined Apex in May 2016 as Vice President Business Development and Reservoir Engineering. Prior to joining Apex, he served as VP of Resource Development of Permian Resources, LLC, (formerly American Energy Partners), where he focused primarily on development planning and business development in the Wolfcamp shale of the Permian Basin.

    Previously, Keith spent 13 years at Apache in various technical and management roles in three different international locations – one of those assignments was in Egypt as a Senior Engineer and Engineering Advisor where he focused on active field development, including Qasr field, Apache’s largest discovery in Egypt. Prior to joining Apache, Keith served as the Engineering Manager for the Seagull East Zeit JV with production in the Gulf of Suez.

    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.

  • 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 Apache Corporation. His responsibilities included chairing the Apache Corporate 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 Wheatstone and Kitimat 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” Gilmore 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 was Manager of Reserves at Sheridan Production Company, LLC.

    Trey has served in other companies in a variety of roles in both engineering and leadership with Fieldwood Energy LLC., Apache Corporation, Hunt Oil Company and Pacific Enterprises Oil Company.

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

  • Al Buron joined Apex in April 2016 as Vice President Production Operations and brings almost 25 years of experience with Apache Corporation and many more years of field operations leadership in other companies. Prior to Apex he was Apache’s Director of Worldwide Production Optimization and served as VP Construction and Production Operations, Offshore Gulf of Mexico, VP of Production, Canada and VP of Operations in Egypt for Apache.

    Al received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University.

  • Frederico Ribeiro joined Apex in December 2016 as Director of Geology and has over 25 years of broad geoscience experience, including 5 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 Apache Corporation, Enap-Sipetrol, BG Group, and Chariot Oil and Gas.

    Frederico 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.

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    Mike LeBlanc joined Apex in January 2017 as Controller and was the former Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Sinochem Petroleum, USA where he established the financial reporting systems for the company after its establishment in 2014.Previously, Mike was the Manager of Finance for the Americas for Woodside Energy (USA), Inc. where he was responsible for all financial areas in the United States and Brazil. Woodside was primarily focused on the Gulf of Mexico deep water.

    He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of New Orleans and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

  • 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 26 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.

  • 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.