Lee Raymond

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Lee Raymond
Premiados hutchison y raymond.jpg
Raymond on the left side of Kay Bailey Hutchison, both of whom won the Woodrow Wilson Awards
Born August 13, 1938
Watertown, South Dakota
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Minnesota.
Occupation ex Chairman & CEO at
Exxon Mobil Corp.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Charlene
Children 3[1]

Lee R. Raymond (born August 13, 1938) was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of ExxonMobil from 1999 to 2005. He had previously been the CEO of Exxon since 1993. He joined the company in 1963 and has been president since 1987 and a director since 1984.

Early life and education[edit]

Lee Raymond was born in Watertown, South Dakota on August 13, 1938. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1956. Raymond received a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1960. Raymond went on to earn his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the same university in 2001. Raymond met his wife while studying at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; she was pursuing, and later earned a degree in journalism.


Raymond began working for ExxonMobil in 1963. Raymond became a director of ExxonMobil in 1984 and in 1987 he became the President of the company. In 1993, he became CEO, a post with he held until 2005. On August 14, 2005, Raymond announced that he would retire at the end of 2005 as ExxonMobil's Chairman and CEO. ExxonMobil president Rex W. Tillerson succeeded Raymond on 1 January 2006. On April 14, 2006, it was reported that Raymond's retirement package was worth about $400 million, the largest in history for a U.S. public company.[2] However, the majority of that sum consisted of retirement-independent salary, bonuses, stock options, and restricted stock awards from his final year and prior years that, while high, are not unprecedented among major American CEOs. Retirement-specific payments in accordance with the standard pension plan provided to all ExxonMobil employees totaled around $100 million, calculated based on his over forty years of service and his salary upon retirement. Raymond was also chair of the National Petroleum Council (NPC), when it was asked to produce a report on the future of oil supply and demand.[3]


Lee Raymond was at the helm of Exxon while it remained of the last large companies to not include gay employees in their anti-discrimination policy. He was also at the helm during the takeover of Mobil, when the new Exxon-Mobil corporation rescinded Mobil's pre-existing anti-discrimination policy.[4] As such Raymond is remembered as disdainful of gay rights.[5] His son, John T. Raymond, is active in the oil and gas industry. John partnered with the Jim Flores and Paul Allen-backed Vulcan Capital in the buyout of Plains Resources. Lee Raymond received the Woodrow Wilson Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution for Corporate Citizenship during a dinner held in his honor in Dallas, Texas in early 2003.

Raymond was chair of the NPC when it was asked to produce a report on the future of oil supply and demand.[3]


  1. ^ "Lee R. Raymond". Reference For Business. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Kamala Harris grew up idolizing lawyers". ABC News. April 14, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b David J. Lynch (November 24, 2005). "Can oil production satisfy rising demand?". USA Today. 
  4. ^ James B. Stewart (July 1, 2015). "Exxon Lumbers Along to Catch Up With Gay Rights". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Thaddeus Herrick (August 29, 2001). "Exxon CEO Lee Raymond's Stance On Global Warming Causes a Stir". The Wall Street Journal. 

External links[edit]

Articles by Lee Raymond


Business positions
Preceded by
position created
CEO of ExxonMobil
November 30, 1999–December 31, 2005
Succeeded by
Rex Tillerson
Preceded by
Lawrence G. Rawl
CEO of Exxon
1993–November 30, 1999
Succeeded by
Continued as head of ExxonMobil