Rex Tillerson was confirmed as the 69th secretary of stare. Tillerson grew up in Oklahoma and Texas—two of the country’s leading producers of petroleum and natural gas—and graduated with a degree in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He immediately joined the Exxon Corporation as a production engineer, and by the mid-1980s he was a business development manager in the firm’s natural gas department. He later served as the general manager (1989–92) for Exxon’s oil and gas production in a region that spanned Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Tillerson took his first overseas assignment as president of Exxon Yemen, Inc., and next oversaw (1995–99) company operations in Thailand’s Khorat Plateau, the Caspian Sea, and Russia’sSakhalin Island. After Exxon merged with Mobil Corp. in 1999 to form Exxon Mobil, he held a number of senior executive positions. Chairman and CEO Lee Raymond personally chose Tillerson as his successor, and Tillerson assumed command of the combined firm in 2006. During his years of leadership, Exxon Mobil ranked near the top among the world’s most profitable firms.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says “success requires accountability.” “Must uphold high ethic standards.”