Rex Tillerson

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Rex Tillerson
Rex Tillerson official portrait.jpg
69th United States Secretary of State
Assumed office
February 1, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by John Kerry
Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil
In office
January 1, 2006 – January 1, 2017
Preceded by Lee Raymond
Succeeded by Darren Woods
33rd President of the Boy Scouts of America
In office
2010–2012
Preceded by John Gottschalk
Succeeded by Wayne Perry
Personal details
Born Rex Wayne Tillerson
March 23, 1952 (1952-03-23) (age 65)
Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Renda St. Clair
Alma mater University of Texas, Austin (BS)
Salary $27.2 million (2015)[1]
Awards Orden of Friendship.png Russian Order of
Friendship
(2013)

Rex Wayne Tillerson (born March 23, 1952) is an American businessman and the 69th and current United States Secretary of State since February 1, 2017. 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.

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.[5][6] Tillerson retired from Exxon effective December 31, 2016, and was succeeded by Darren Woods.[7] He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.[8] He resigned his position from Exxon to pursue his nomination of United States Secretary of State.

United States Secretary of State (since 2017)[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".[9] 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][10]

On January 11, 2017, Tillerson's congressional confirmation hearing was held.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Personal life[change | change source]

Tillerson is married to Renda St. Clair. They have four children.[14] He resides in Irving, Texas.

References[change | change source]

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  2. Rex W. Tillerson. 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 MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN (December 12, 2016), "Trump Picks Rex Tillerson, Exxon C.E.O., as Secretary of State", The New York Times 
  5. "ExxonMobil Biography of Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO". ExxonMobil Corporation. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  6. Schaefer, Steve (May 25, 2016). "The World's Largest Companies 2016". Forbes. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  7. "Rex Tillerson to Retire, Darren Woods Elected Chairman, CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation". ExxonMobil Corporation. December 14, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  8. "Learn about ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson". ExxonMobil. 
  9. "Trump presidency: Exxon's Rex Tillerson for top diplomat?", BBC, December 10, 2016.
  10. Pace, Julie; Lucey, Catherine (December 13, 2016). "Donald Trump Picks Exxon Mobil's Rex Tillerson to Lead State Department". Time. Associated Press. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  11. CEO Rex Tillerson, Sec. State
  12. "Senate committee approves Tillerson for secretary of state". CNN. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  13. CNN, Nicole Gaouette. "Senate approves Tillerson as secretary of state". 
  14. Cordon, Matthew C. "Rex W. Tillerson biography". Encyclopedia of Business, 2nd ed. Advameg. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 

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