On Nov. 6, Pickard announced her plans to retire from Shell, where she has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility during her 15-year tenure with the company. Pickard currently serves as executive vice president, Arctic, and is responsible for Shell's Arctic exploration efforts. This follows three successful years as executive vice president of Shell's Exploration and Production (E&P) business, and as country chair of Shell in Australia where she oversaw gas commercialization, manufacturing, chemicals, supply and distribution, retail, lubricants, trading and shipping, and alternative energy.
Pickard was previously Shell's regional executive vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, she was accountable for Shell's E&P, natural gas, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) activities in the region. Before that, Pickard was director of global businesses and strategy, and a member of the Shell Gas & Power Executive Committee with responsibility for global LNG, power, and gas and power strategy.
Pickard joined Shell in 2000 after an 11-year tenure with Mobil prior to its merger with Exxon. She has business experience throughout South America, Australia, the countries of the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Africa.
Currently, Pickard is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Arctic for the World Economic Forum, the Advisory Council of the Eurasia Foundation, Catalyst, and Chief Executive Women. She was formerly a member of the Westpac board of directors.
Pickard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.