Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Ambassador Pickering is vice chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm specializing in risk assessment, particularly in emerging market economies. He retired in 2006 as senior vice president international relations for Boeing. His career spans five decades as a U.S. diplomat, serving as under secretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador. He has held numerous other positions at the State Department, including executive secretary and special assistant to Secretaries Rogers and Kissinger and assistant secretary for the bureau of oceans, environmental and scientific affairs.