Rex Tillerson at the Moscow Kremlin, April 2012
|33rd President of the Boy Scouts of America|
|Preceded by||John Gottschalk|
|Succeeded by||Wayne Perry|
|Born||Rex Wayne Tillerson
March 23, 1952
Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Renda St. Clair|
|Alma mater||University of Texas, Austin (BS)|
|Known for||Chief Executive Officer of
|Salary||$27.2 million (2015)|
|Awards|| Russian Order of
Rex Wayne Tillerson (born March 23, 1952) is an American businessman and is the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, the fifth largest company by market capitalization. Tillerson is expected to be nominated as the next United States Secretary of State by President-elect Donald Trump.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Business career
- 3 Political involvement
- 3.1 Political views
- 3.2 Fundraising and donations
- 3.3 Center for Strategic and International Studies
- 3.4 Secretary of State consideration
- 4 Personal life
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Early life and education
Tillerson was born on March 23, 1952 in Wichita Falls, Texas, the son of Patty Sue (Patton) and Bobby Joe Tillerson. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1965. In 1970, he graduated from Huntsville High School in Huntsville, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. During his time at UT Austin, he was involved with the Tejas Club, Longhorn Band, and Alpha Phi Omega. In 2006 he was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate.
Tillerson joined The Exxon Company in 1975 as a production engineer.
In 1989, Tillerson became general manager of the central production division of Exxon USA.
In 1998, he became a vice president of Exxon Ventures (CIS) and president of Exxon Neftegas Limited with responsibility for Exxon's holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea. In 1999, with the merger of Exxon and Mobil, he was named Executive Vice President of ExxonMobil Development Company. 
Tillerson re-established his position of chairman and chief executive officer during a shareholder meeting on May 28, 2008. The Rockefeller family sponsored a non-binding resolution to separate the CEO and chairman positions in order to maintain a system of checks and balances. The Rockefeller family also wanted Exxon Mobil to invest more in alternative energy. However, the resolution did not obtain the necessary majority and Tillerson held on to both the chairman and chief executive officer job titles.
Role in Exxon's acquisition of XTO Energy
Ties with Russia
Tillerson has close ties with Vladimir Putin; the two men have been associates since Tillerson represented Exxon’s interests in Russia during Boris Yeltsin's premiership. John Hamre, the president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (for which Tillerson is a board member), states that Tillerson "has had more interactive time with Vladimir Putin than probably any other American with the exception of Henry Kissinger."
In 2011, on behalf of ExxonMobil, Tillerson signed an agreement with Russia for drilling in the Arctic that could be valued up to $300 billion. Although the company began drilling in the Kara Sea in summer 2014, sanctions against Russia during the Ukrainian crisis brought the project to a halt in September of that year.
Ties with Kurdistan
In 2011, Tillerson, on behalf of ExxonMobil, signed a deal to develop oil fields in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The agreement was in defiance of Iraqi law, which forbids companies from dealing directly with Iraqi Kurdistan.
Other business affiliations
Opposition to sanctions
Tillerson has stated that “We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don’t find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensively and that’s a very hard thing to do”.
Climate change and carbon pricing
In 2010, Tillerson said that while he acknowledged that humans were affecting the climate through greenhouse gas emissions to some degree, it was not yet clear "to what extent and therefore what can you do about it."
Tillerson also stated "The world is going to have to continue using fossil fuels, whether they like it or not."
Tillerson stated in 2009 that he favors a carbon tax as "the most efficient means of reflecting the cost of carbon in all economic decisions — from investments made by companies to fuel their requirements to the product choices made by consumers."
Support of free trade
Speaking in March 2007 at a Council on Foreign Relations event, Tillerson asked "Should the United States seek so-called energy independence in an elusive effort to insulate this country from the impact of world events on the economy, or should Americans pursue the path of international engagement, seeking ways to better compete within the global market for energy? Like the Council's founders, I believe we must choose the course of greater international engagement. ... The central reality is this: The global free market for energy provides the most effective means of achieving U.S. energy security by promoting resource development, enabling diversification, multiplying our supply channels, encouraging efficiency, and spurring innovation."
Tillerson served as president of the Boy Scouts of America from 2010-2012, at the time that the delegates voted to allow openly gay youths to join their troops and earn their merit badges. After the vote took place, Tillerson led the Boy Scouts to implement the change.
Economic growth drivers
Tillerson has stated that "energy is the lifeblood to economic growth".
Fundraising and donations
Tillerson is a longtime contributor to Republican campaigns. According to the FEC records available online, Tillerson has given $442,284.50 in direct contributions since 2003, $72,200 in "joint fundraising contributions" and $5000 to a Super PAC. FEC records do not show any contributions by Tillerson to Democrats during this period.
He has contributed to George W. Bush, as well as Mitt Romney in 2012 and Mitch McConnell. He did not donate to Donald Trump's campaign. He donated to Jeb Bush's campaign during the 2016 Republican primaries.
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Secretary of State consideration
On December 5, 2016, speculation began that Tillerson was in consideration for the position of U.S. Secretary of State for the Administration of President-elect Donald Trump. On December 9, transition officials reported that Tillerson was the top candidate for the position surpassing Mitt Romney and David Petraeus. His nomination was reportedly being advocated by Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. The evening of December 10, BBC cited NBC reports that "sources close to Mr Trump [were] ... saying that Mr Tillerson is likely to be named next week" and that former UN ambassador John Bolton "will serve as his deputy".
Tillerson is married to Renda St. Clair and has four children. He resides in Irving, Texas. Tillerson is a Christian. He and his wife donated $5,000-$10,000 to the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches in 2012.
On February 20, 2014, news outlets reported that Tillerson joined opponents of a proposed water tower that could lead to fracking-related traffic near their homes. Plaintiffs included former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Dick Armey and his wife. Tillerson and his wife dropped out of the lawsuit after a judge dismissed their claim in November 2014.
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- Corkery, Michael (December 14, 2009). "King Rex Tillerson's Legacy Rides on the XTO Deal". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
- Bradley Olson, Rex Tillerson, a Candidate for Secretary of State, Has Ties to Vladimir Putin, Wall Street Journal (December 6, 2016).
- Reported Secretary of State frontrunner Rex Tillerson is close to Vladimir Putin By JULIA IOFFE, December 10, 2016, Politico
- Robert Amsterdam, "Downgrading the Siloviki", July 23, 2008.
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- Reed, Stanley; Krauss, Clifford (September 12, 2014). "New Sanctions to Stall Exxon’s Arctic Oil Plans". New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- Williams, Cara (September 19, 2014). "ExxonMobil said to halt drilling in $700-million project in Russia". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- "ExxonMobil is accused of flighty bets, but look at these numbers and judge for yourself". Quartz. April 9, 2013.
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- The Business Council, Official website, Executive Committee
- "How Exxon CEO Tillerson feels about sanctions (and other Secretary-related matters)". Biz Journals. December 6, 2016.
- "THE EXXONMOBIL-XTO MERGER: IMPACT ON U.S. ENERGY MARKETS" (PDF).
- Schwartz, John (August 19, 2016). "Exxon Mobil Fraud Inquiry Said to Focus More on Future Than Past". New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
- Schlanger, Zoe (May 26, 2016). "Is Exxon Waiting for the Paris Climate Agreement to Fail?". Newsweek.
- "ExxonMobil and the carbon tax". ExxonMobil. December 2, 2015.
- Denning, Liam (December 7, 2016). "Mr. Exxon Goes to Washington (Maybe)". Bloomberg L.P.
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- Coll, Steve (April 9, 2012). "Gusher: The Power of ExxonMobil". The New Yorker.
- Tillerson, Rex (September 5, 2013). "How to Stop the Drop in American Education". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Where CEO political dollars go - Rex Tillerson (2) - FORTUNE". Archive.fortune.com. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- Lavelle, Marianne (July 22, 2016). "Fossil Fuel Money Still a Dry Well for Trump Campaign". InsideClimate News. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- Rex W. Tillerson
- "Exxon CEO Now a Contender for Donald Trump's Secretary of State". Wall Street Journal. December 5, 2016.
- "Exxon's Rex Tillerson Is Top Candidate for Secretary of State". Wall Street Journal. December 9, 2016.
- David E. Sanger, Maggie Haberman & Clifford Krauss, Rex Tillerson, Exxon Chief, Is Expected to Be Pick for Secretary of State, New York Times (December 10, 2016).
- "Trump presidency: Exxon's Rex Tillerson for top diplomat?", BBC, December 10, 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
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- Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power
- The Congregationalist. September 2013. p. 7.
- "Exxon Mobil CEO welcomes fracking, but not water tower in his backyard". Reuters. February 26, 2014.
- "Exxon CEO Joins Suit Citing Fracking Concerns". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Rex Tillerson drops out of water tower lawsuit in Bartonville". BizJournals.com. April 21, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
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- "Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer". Exxon Mobil Corporation.
- Rolling Stone on “The Climate Killers: 17 polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb the climate catastrophe.”
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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