I have provided links to secret US cables/articles exposing Shell’s infiltration of the supposedly sovereign Nigerian government and the involvement of Pickard in all manner of murky goings on, including trading intelligence information with the Americans. Ann Pickard will be arriving with more baggage than a Samsonite factory.
By John Donovan
Ann Pickard, currently the chairman of Shell Australia, is being sent to resuscitate Shell’s Arctic plans and rescue its reputation.
She is being appointed as Group Executive Vice President of Exploration & Production in the Arctic, replacing the disgraced Lawrence of Alaska.
Peter Voser must have concluded that she is a safe pair of hands.
I beg to differ.
Has he forgotten the debacle over her indiscreet bragging to the Americans about Shell’s sinister corrupting activities in Nigeria, including infiltrating Shell agents into every Nigerian ministry?
She also became involved in all kinds of other machinations involving not only Nigerian militants, but also the Russians making a move on the hydrocarbon riches of Nigeria
This was during the period when Ann Pickard was Shell’s Vice President for Africa.
She asked the U.S. government what it knew about Gazprom making a play for Shell’s concessions in Nigeria and if it had any information on shipments of surface to air missiles (SAMS) to militant groups in the Niger Delta.
Ann Pickard is unlikely to have ingratiated herself with U.S. contacts in Nigeria by “repeatedly” telling them that the U.S. government is leaky. It may be true, but the message was less than diplomatic.
I have provided links to secret US cables/articles exposing Shell’s infiltration of the supposedly sovereign Nigerian government and the involvement of Pickard in all manner of murky goings on, including trading intelligence information with her fellow Americans.
Ann Pickard will be arriving with more baggage than a Samsonite factory.
The extraordinary activities revealed in the relevant WikiLeaks cables were totally incompatible with Shell’s claimed core business principles.
Apparently integrity and diplomatic skills are not required for the executive in charge of Shell’s Alaskan/Arctic Campaign.
Otherwise it would been far better if Shell had secured the services of Jean-Luc Picard, rather than transferring Ann Pickard.