Amb. Thomas Pickering
Amb. Thomas R. Pickering is Vice Chairman at Hills and Company, which provides advice and counsel to major U.S. enterprises. He is a retired Senior Vice President responsible for the company's relations with foreign governments and globalization.
Amb. Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. He is a recipient of the State Departmentís Distinguished Service Award and a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations. He speaks French, Spanish and Swahili and has some fluency in Arabic, Hebrew and Russian.
Amb. Pickering received a bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Bowdoin College. He received a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he earned a second master's degree. Subsequently he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Bowdoin College, and has received similar honors from 12 other universities.