J. Ross Craft
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
J. Ross Craft, P.E. has been our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since our inception in September 2002. In November 2014, Mr. Craft was named Chairman of the Board. Before Approach, Mr. Craft co-founded Athanor Resources Inc., an international exploration and production company with operations in the United States and Tunisia, in 1998 and was its Executive Vice President from 1998 until its merger with Nuevo Energy Company in September 2002.
From 1988 to 1997, Mr. Craft served in various positions with American Cometra Inc., an independent exploration and production company with operations in the United States, including as Vice President – Operations from 1995 to 1997. American Cometra was sold in two parts, to Range Resources in 1995 and to Pioneer Natural Resources in 1997.
Mr. Craft has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He, who holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, is a registered Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Texas. In addition to membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Mr. Craft is a member of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and Independent Petroleum Association of America. Mr. Craft has served on the Board of the Fort Worth chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers as well as on the Board of the Fort Worth Petroleum Engineers Club, where his last position was President.
In 2012, Mr. Craft was named a regional winner for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Southwest Area North. Mr. Craft is an Eagle Scout.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Qingming Yang joined us in July 2009 as Vice President – Exploration. In November 2010, Dr. Yang was named Executive Vice President—Business Development and Geosciences and, in December 2012, Dr. Yang was named Chief Operating Officer. In January 2017 Dr. Yang was named President and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Yang has over 25 years of domestic and international exploration, technical and operating experience in the oil and gas industry. Before joining Approach, Dr. Yang was with Pioneer Natural Resources for 12 years in a variety of positions, including Exploration Manager for Worldwide Exploration and Business Development, Geosciences Advisor, and Technical Lead for Pioneer’s Eagle Ford Shale team.
Dr. Yang is a member and Charles Taylor Fellow of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG) and served as an Associate Editor for the AAPG Bulletin (2003-2009). In addition, Dr. Yang was the Chairman of Dallas Geological Society International Committee in 2002. Dr. Yang currently serves on the Advisory Council Board of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Dr. Yang earned his B.S. in Petroleum Geology from Chengdu University of Technology in the People’s Republic of China, his M.A. in Geology from George Washington University and his Ph.D. in Structural Geology from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Sergei Krylov, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined Approach in January 2014. Previously, from 2000 to 2013, Mr. Krylov worked at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC in the Energy Investment Banking group, where he most recently served as a Managing Director. His background includes finance, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions.
Mr. Krylov holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, summa cum laude, from Pace University.
J. Curtis Henderson
Chief Administrative Officer
J. Curtis Henderson joined us in February 2007 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. In December 2013, Mr. Henderson was named Chief Administrative Officer. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Henderson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Coterie Capital Partners, Ltd., a private equity partnership in Dallas, Texas. From 1996 to 2005, Mr. Henderson served as General Counsel of Nucentrix Broadband Networks, Inc., a public broadband wireless telecommunications company that was sold to Nextel Communications in 2004.
Mr. Henderson began his career as a lawyer in the corporate and securities section of Locke Lord. He has over 23 years of experience in public and private securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and regulatory affairs.
Mr. Henderson holds a B.A. in Political Science from Austin College and a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law where he served as Articles Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review.