Ann Pickard

Executive Vice President, Arctic; Royal Dutch Shell

Ann Pickard

Executive Vice President, Arctic; Royal Dutch Shell

Ann Pickard is Royal Dutch Shell’s executive vice president for the Arctic and is responsible for the company’s Arctic exploration efforts around the globe. Previously, Ms. Pickard experienced three successful years as executive vice president of Shell’s exploration and production 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.

Described by Fortune Magazine as the bravest woman in oil and one of the 50 most powerful women in business, Ms. Pickard was previously Shell’s regional executive vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa.  Based in Lagos, Nigeria, she was accountable for the company’s exploration and production, natural gas and liquefied natural gas activities in the region.

Before that, Ms. Pickard was director, global businesses and strategy, and a member of the Shell Gas & Power Executive Committee with responsibility for global liquefied natural gas, power, and gas and power strategy.

Ms. Pickard came to Shell in 2000, leaving Mobil upon the company’s merger with Exxon. She has significant business experience throughout South America, the countries of the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Africa.

Ms. Pickard has an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She is a non-executive director of Westpac, a bank and financial services provider, based in Sydney, Australia. She is a member of Chief Executive Women. Ms. Pickard is married with two children, and resides in Houston, Texas.

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