Lawrence G. Rawl

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Lawrence G. Rawl
Born May 4, 1928
Lyndhurst, New Jersey, US
Died February 14, 2005(2005-02-14) (aged 76)
Fort Worth, Texas, US
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Occupation Chairman & CEO, Exxon
Known for Exxon Valdez oil spill
Term 1985–1993
Predecessor Clifton C. Garvin
Successor Lee Raymond
Political party Republican

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

Early life[edit]

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's 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, taking over from Clifton C. Garvin. 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[vague] 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 was succeeded by Lee Raymond as CEO of the company. [3]

Personal life[edit]

He died at age 76 on February 13, 2005 at his home in Fort Worth, Texas.[4]


  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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  4. ^ Lawrence Rawl, 76, Exxon's Chief in Valdez Spill, Dies - The New York Times Retrieved 2018-04-21.


Business positions
Preceded by
Clifton C. Garvin
CEO of Exxon
Succeeded by
Lee Raymond