Rex W. Tillerson

Rex W. Tillerson
  • Rex W. Tillerson
    CSIS Trustee
  • A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Rex Tillerson earned a B.S. in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Exxon Company, U.S.A. (EUSA) in 1975 as a production engineer. In 1989, he became general manager of EUSA’s Central Production Division, responsible for oil and gas production operations throughout a large portion of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. In 1992, Mr. Tillerson was named production adviser to Exxon Corporation. Three years later, he was named president of Exxon Yemen, Inc., Esso Exploration, and Production Khorat, Inc. In 1998, he became vice president of Exxon Ventures (CIS), Inc. and president of Exxon Neftegas Limited. In those roles, he was responsible for Exxon’s holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea, as well as the Sakhalin I Consortium operations offshore Sakhalin Island, Russia. In 1999, he became executive vice president of ExxonMobil Development Company. Mr. Tillerson was named senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2001 and was elected president of the corporation and member of the Board of Directors on March 1, 2004. He assumed his current position on January 1, 2006. Mr. Tillerson is a member of the Executive Committee and a former chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, the Business Roundtable, an honorary trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding, and a member of the Emergency Committee for American Trade. Mr. Tillerson is vice chairman of the Ford’s Theatre Society, the immediate past national president of the Boy Scouts of America, and a former director of the United Negro College Fund. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council and the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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