Rex Tillerson

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Rex Tillerson
69th United States Secretary of State
In office
February 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJohn Kerry
Succeeded byMike Pompeo
Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil
In office
January 1, 2006 – January 1, 2017
Preceded byLee Raymond
Succeeded byDarren Woods
33rd President of the Boy Scouts of America
In office
Preceded byJohn Gottschalk
Succeeded byWayne Perry
Personal details
Rex Wayne Tillerson

(1952-03-23) March 23, 1952 (age 72)
Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Renda St. Clair
Alma materUniversity of Texas, Austin (BS)
Salary$27.2 million (2015)[1]
Awards Russian Order of

Rex Wayne Tillerson (born March 23, 1952) is an American businessman and the 69th United States Secretary of State. He served from February 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. He was the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, the fifth largest company by market capitalization until his resignation in 2017.[2][3]

In December 2016, President-elect of the United States Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Tillerson to be the Secretary of State.[4] The United States Senate approved of his nomination on February 1, 2017 and shortly assumed the office. On March 13, 2018, Trump fired Tillerson and said he would nominate Mike Pompeo to succeed him as Secretary of State.[5] Tillerson's term officially ended on March 31, 2018.[6]

Early life[change | change source]

Tillerson was born on March 23, 1952, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Tillerson received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.

Business career[change | change source]

Tillerson joined Exxon in 1975, and by 1989 had become general manager of the Exxon USA central production division. In 1995 he became president of Exxon Yemen Inc. and Esso Exploration and Production Khorat Inc. In 2006, Tillerson was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon, the world's 6th largest company by revenue.[7][8] Tillerson retired from Exxon effective December 31, 2016, and was succeeded by Darren Woods.[9] He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.[10] He resigned his position from Exxon to pursue his nomination of United States Secretary of State.

United States Secretary of State[change | change source]

On the evening of December 10, the BBC cited NBC reports that "sources close to Mr Trump [were] ... saying that Mr Tillerson is likely to be named next week" and that former UN ambassador John Bolton "will serve as his deputy".[11] On December 12, The New York Times reported that he had been chosen.[4] On December 13, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Tillerson would be his nominee for Secretary of State.[4][12]

On January 11, 2017, Tillerson's congressional confirmation hearing was held.[13] Tillerson was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, 2017, to be Secretary of State when it voted 11-10 to send his nomination to the full Senate.[14] The Senate confirmed Tillerson as Secretary of State on February 1 2017. The Senate voted 56 to 43, with all Republicans in support and 42 Democrats voting against him.[15]

On March 13, 2018, Trump fired Tillerson as Secretary and nominated Director of the CIA Mike Pompeo of the position.[5] His term ended on March 31, 2018.

Personal life[change | change source]

Tillerson is married to Renda St. Clair. They have four children.[16] He resides in Irving, Texas.

References[change | change source]

  1. Mufson, Steve (April 29, 2016). "Profits are down at ExxonMobil, but don't cry for CEO Rex Tillerson". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  2. Rex W. Tillerson Archived 2013-10-12 at the Wayback Machine. ExxonMobil. Retrieved on June 28, 2012.
  3. "Chart: The Largest Companies by Market Cap Over 15 Years". August 12, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Trump Picks Rex Tillerson, Exxon C.E.O., as Secretary of State", The New York Times, December 12, 2016 {{citation}}: Cite uses deprecated parameter |authors= (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Trump sacks Rex Tillerson as state secretary". BBC News. 13 March 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  6. Tillerson doesn't thank Trump in post-firing speech
  7. "ExxonMobil Biography of Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO". ExxonMobil Corporation. December 13, 2016. Archived from the original on December 26, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  8. Schaefer, Steve (May 25, 2016). "The World's Largest Companies 2016". Forbes. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  9. "Rex Tillerson to Retire, Darren Woods Elected Chairman, CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation". ExxonMobil Corporation. December 14, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  10. "Learn about ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson". ExxonMobil. Archived from the original on 2016-12-26. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  11. "Trump presidency: Exxon's Rex Tillerson for top diplomat?", BBC, December 10, 2016.
  12. Pace, Julie; Lucey, Catherine (December 13, 2016). "Donald Trump Picks Exxon Mobil's Rex Tillerson to Lead State Department". Time. Archived from the original on December 15, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016. {{cite magazine}}: Unknown parameter |agency= ignored (help)
  13. "CEO Rex Tillerson, Sec. State". Archived from the original on 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  14. "Senate committee approves Tillerson for secretary of state". CNN. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  15. CNN, Nicole Gaouette. "Senate approves Tillerson as secretary of state". {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  16. Cordon, Matthew C. "Rex W. Tillerson biography". Encyclopedia of Business, 2nd ed. Advameg. Retrieved January 23, 2012.

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