Lawrence G. Rawl
|Lawrence G. Rawl|
|Born||May 4, 1928
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
|Died||February 14, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas
|Alma mater||University of Oklahoma|
|Occupation||Chairman & CEO at Exxon|
|Known for||Exxon Valdez oil spill|
|Predecessor||Clifton C. Garvin|
|Successor||Lee R. Raymond|
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, 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.
- Associated Press (February 20, 2005). "Former Exxon head Lawrence G. Rawl dies at 76". Alaska Journal. Retrieved 2007-01-08.[dead link]
- "OBIT/Lawrence G. Rawl, Former Exxon Chairman and Philanthropist, Dies at 76" (Press release). Exxon Mobil Corporation. February 14, 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-08.