Ms Pickard's appointment as chairman of Shell Australia, replacing Russell Caplan who is retiring after 42 years with Shell, is another coup for Perth at the same time as further weakening Melbourne's once-proud title as the capital of the country's resource sector.
(pictured below) arrived in Perth three months ago to take up the reins as head of Shell's Australian upstream business and with a self-proclaimed mandate to change Shell's upstream status from non-operator to that of an operator.
Woodside chief executive Don Voelte, who is a close personal friend of Ms Pickard's, is likely to welcome her promotion.
will take over the chairmanship of Shell Australia
on August 1.
June 4 (Bloomberg) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe's largest oil company by market value, said Ann Pickard will succeed Russell Caplan as chairman of its Australian operations on Aug. 1.
Pickard will also continue to be executive vice president for oil and gas exploration and production in the country, Shell said.
business includes two refineries, the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project, a stake in the Chevron Corp.-led Gorgon LNG venture, and a proposed coal-seam gas to LNG plant in Queensland state.
, 54, took up her
Australian role in March following her
role as Shell's regional executive vice president for Africa.
Australia is "the biggest growth area we've got," Pickard
said last month.
was previously based in Lagos, Nigeria, for about four years.