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|69th United States Secretary of State|
February 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018
|Preceded by||John Kerry|
|Succeeded by||Mike Pompeo|
|Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil|
January 1, 2006 – January 1, 2017
|Preceded by||Lee Raymond|
|Succeeded by||Darren Woods|
|33rd President of the Boy Scouts of America|
|Preceded by||John Gottschalk|
|Succeeded by||Wayne Perry|
Rex Wayne Tillerson
March 23, 1952
Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Renda St. Clair|
|Alma mater||University of Texas, Austin (BS)|
|Salary||$27.2 million (2015)|
|Awards|| Russian Order of|
Rex Wayne Tillerson (born March 23, 1952) is an American businessman and the 69th United States Secretary of State from February 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. He was the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, the fifth largest company by market capitalization until his resignation in 2017.
In December 2016, President-elect of the United States Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Tillerson to be the Secretary of State. The United States Senate approved of his nomination on February 1, 2017 and shortly assumed the office. On March 13, 2018, Trump fired Tillerson and said he would nominate Mike Pompeo to succeed him as Secretary of State. Tillerson's term officially ended on March 31, 2018.
Tillerson joined Exxon in 1975, and by 1989 had become general manager of the Exxon USA central production division. In 1995 he became president of Exxon Yemen Inc. and Esso Exploration and Production Khorat Inc. In 2006, Tillerson was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon, the world's 6th largest company by revenue. Tillerson retired from Exxon effective December 31, 2016, and was succeeded by Darren Woods. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He resigned his position from Exxon to pursue his nomination of United States Secretary of State.
United States Secretary of State
On the evening of December 10, the 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". On December 12, The New York Times reported that he had been chosen. On December 13, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Tillerson would be his nominee for Secretary of State.
On January 11, 2017, Tillerson's congressional confirmation hearing was held. Tillerson was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, 2017, to be Secretary of State when it voted 11-10 to send his nomination to the full Senate. The Senate confirmed Tillerson as Secretary of State on February 1 2017. The Senate voted 56 to 43, with all Republicans in support and 42 Democrats voting against him.
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- Chart: The Largest Companies by Market Cap Over 15 Years. August 12, 2016. http://www.visualcapitalist.com/chart-largest-companies-market-cap-15-years. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
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- thehill.com: Tillerson doesn't thank Trump in post-firing speech
- "ExxonMobil Biography of Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO". ExxonMobil Corporation. December 13, 2016. http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/company/about-us/management/rex-w-tillerson. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
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- "Rex Tillerson to Retire, Darren Woods Elected Chairman, CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation". ExxonMobil Corporation. December 14, 2016. http://news.exxonmobil.com/press-release/rex-tillerson-retire-darren-woods-elected-chairman-ceo-exxon-mobil-corporation. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
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- CEO Rex Tillerson, Sec. State
- Senate committee approves Tillerson for secretary of state. CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/23/politics/senate-committee-approves-tillerson-for-secretary-of-state/. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
- CNN, Nicole Gaouette. Senate approves Tillerson as secretary of state. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/tillerson-confirmation-vote-senate/index.html.
- Cordon, Matthew C.. "Rex W. Tillerson biography". Encyclopedia of Business, 2nd ed.. Advameg. http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/biography/S-Z/Tillerson-Rex-W-1952.html#b. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
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- Rolling Stone on “The Climate Killers: 17 polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb the climate catastrophe.”
- Appearances on C-SPAN