Appointed as managing director in October 2002, Pickard transformed Atlas Ward’s business, turning its substantial losses to profit and laid the foundations for future developments.
The group, based in Sherburn near Scarborough, was bought by Severfield Rowen back in 2005 and specialises in structural frames for warehouses and supermarkets.
Pickard has 30 years’ experience in the structural steelwork industry, working both in the UK and overseas markets.
A source told the Enquirer: “He’s not retiring so he must be off for another job.”
Pickard’s departure comes as estimating director Ian Rackham also retires at the end of the year.
Deputy managing director Jim Martindale will take over the running of the Atlas Ward business.