Rex W. Tillerson - Biography
Prior to being sworn in as Secretary of State, he concluded a career of more than 41 years in the
petroleum industry, retiring as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil Corporation at
the end of 2016.
Tillerson spent the entirety of his career with the corporation going to work for Exxon after graduating
from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He rose
through the ranks and following a number of domestic and foreign assignments, including, President
of Exxon Yemen, Inc. and, ExxonNeftegas, Ltd. in Russia, became President of the corporation in
2004 and Chairman and CEO in 2006.
In addition to his duties for ExxonMobil, Tillerson has had a longstanding involvement with the Boy
Scouts of America, earning its highest rank of Eagle Scout as a youth and as an adult receiving the
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. He also received the Silver Beaver and Silver Buffalo Awards for
his service as an adult volunteer. He is a former member of the Boy Scouts of America's Executive
committee and served as the national President of the Boy Scouts from 2010 to 2012.
Tillerson is a former member of the American Petroleum Institute and the National Petroleum Council
serving as Chairman of both. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013 and
holds an honorary Doctorate of Engineering form Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He was named a
Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. He formerly served as a trustee
of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was also a member of the Business
Roundtable, serving on its Executive Committee, and a member of the Business Council. He served
as an honorary trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding and a member of the
Emergency Committee for American Trade. He is former Director of the United Negro College Fund
and a former Vice-Chairman of the Ford's Theatre Society.
Tillerson has received numerous recognition and awards from domestic and international organizations