ANN-PICKARDWOODSIDE has appointed former country chair of Shell in Australia Ann Pickard to the board of the company in a non-executive capacity.

Ms Pickard retired from Royal Dutch Shell, where she held numerous positions during her 15-year tenure, on 1 February.

Before her retirement from Shell, Ms 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 country chair of Shell in Australia, and five years as executive vice president, Africa. Ms Pickard joined Shell in 2000 after an 11-year tenure with Mobil prior to its merger with Exxon.

Woodside chairman Michael Chaney said that Ms Pickard had significant international business experience.

“The directors are delighted that we have been able to attract a person of Ms Pickard’s background and experience to the company’s board,” Mr Chaney said.

Ms 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. Ms Pickard was a director of Westpac Banking Corporation between 2011 and 2014.

Ms 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.