Woodside Petroleum Ltd.’s board has appointed Ann Pickard, a former senior executive of Royal Dutch Shell, as a non-executive director, effective Feb. 29. Pickard joins Woodside as an independent director.
On Feb. 1, Pickard retired from Shell, where she held numerous positions during her 15-year tenure with the company. Before her retirement from Shell, Pickard served as executive vice president, Arctic, and was responsible for Shell's Arctic exploration efforts. This followed three years as executive vice president of Shell's exploration and production business and as country chair of Shell in Australia, as well as five years as executive vice president, Africa. Pickard joined Shell in 2000 after an 11-year tenure with Mobil prior to its merger with Exxon.
Pickard is a director of KBR Inc. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women, the Global Agenda Council on the Arctic for the World Economic Forum, the Advisory Council of the Eurasia Foundation, and Catalyst. Pickard was a director of Westpac Banking Corp. between 2011 and 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.