Barbara Burger’s 34 years at Chevron — including the past nine as president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) — will come to an end next month, but no one should expect her to waltz off into a leisurely retirement.

Burger is reluctant even to use the R-word.

“I’m graduating from Chevron on 2 April, and, you know, I have some passions in life,” she says, the emphasis making it clear that she intends to stay busy.