Lawrence G. Rawl

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Lawrence G. Rawl
Born May 4, 1928
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
Died February 14, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Occupation Chairman & CEO at Exxon
Known for Exxon Valdez oil spill
Term 1985–1993
Predecessor Clifton C. Garvin
Successor Lee R. Raymond
Political party
Republican

Lawrence G. Rawl (May 4, 1928 – February 14, 2005) was the Chairman and CEO of Exxon from 1985 to 1993.

Rawl was born in Lyndhurst, New Jersey in 1928. Toward the end of World War II, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1952, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma,[1] joining Humble Oil and Refining as drilling engineer.

By 1980, he was named a senior vice president and director of Exxon Corporation. In 1985, he was named president of the corporation; and in 1987, he became chairman and CEO. During his tenure as head of Exxon, he moved the corporate headquarters from New York to Irving, Texas, increased reserves, and expanded the chemical operations of the corporation.

He was at the helm of the company when the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in 1989. He faced criticism for his response to the oil spill — his slow public response and his demeanor in interviews were noted and the focus of criticism of the company.

Rawl retired from Exxon in 1993 at the mandatory retirement age of 65 after 41 years with the company.[2] He died at age 76 on February 13, 2005 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Lawrence G. Rawl (profile)". Famous Alumni. College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma. Archived from the original on 2006-08-30. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  2. ^ "Exxon's Chief to Retire". New York Times. February 2, 1993. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 

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