Chevron Shipping Co is changing the guard, bringing in Barbara Pickering to head its business as long-standing president Mark Ross retires.

Pickering, who is currently vice president of operations, will take over on 1 May.

Pickering graduated in Maritime Studies from Liverpool University in the UK, joining Chevron in 1991 as a ship charterer in London.

She has also worked for Chevron in Australia and the US, listing her roles simply as “project development director”.

Pickering joined Chevron Shipping in the US in October 2020 and is a vice chairman of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum.

Ross is a well-known face in shipping, particularly throughout the LNG sector.

A chemical engineer by training, he signed up with Chevron in 1990, working in its midstream, upstream and downstream businesses.

He took on the top job at Chevron Shipping in 2015, having served as vice president of operations in the four years prior to that.

Ross described it as “an honour and privilege” to have worked for the company.

“I take immense pride in what we have accomplished in transforming Chevron Shipping Co into a world-class marine organisation,” he said.

The ever-genial Chevron Shipping Co president Mark Ross takes to the stage at a Sigtto meeting. Photo: Sigtto

“Words cannot properly express how I feel about our organisation and the deep appreciation I have for the people who run it — on board our ships, at our terminals and ashore.

“I have known Barbara for 30 years and I am thrilled she will now lead our company.”

Chevron president midstream Colin Parfitt said: “Under Mark’s leadership, Chevron Shipping Co has delivered exceptional safety and environmental performance and has greatly expanded its marine capabilities.

“We thank Mark for his many contributions and wish him well in the future.”

Chevron Shipping
  • Chevron Shipping Company is the global marine subsidiary of Chevron Corp
  • Launched first tanker in 1895
  • Today employs about 2,000 people worldwide
  • Operates a modern fleet of 30 ships and charters third-party vessels to transport crude oil, LNG, LPG, refined petroleum products and chemicals for Chevron operations around the globe