Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation, announced his intention to retire at year-end after more than 41 years of service.
The announcement follows on news that US President-elect Donald J. Trump announced Tuesday his intent to nominate Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to serve as the 69th Secretary of the United States Department of State.
Darren W. Woods, currently president of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has been elected chairman and chief executive officer by the board of directors effective Jan. 1, 2017.
The board of directors congratulated Tillerson on his nomination for the position of U.S. secretary of state.
“We thank Rex for his leadership, service and dedication to ExxonMobil,” said the board.
“He led the company with integrity and honor, ensuring that safety and environmental protection were at the forefront of everything we do, generating value for shareholders and highlighting the impressive accomplishments of the company’s diverse workforce throughout the world. We know that his service to the nation as secretary of state will be equally successful and distinguished.”
Tillerson was scheduled to retire in March 2017 when he reached 65, the company’s mandatory retirement age for his position. After consideration, Tillerson concluded, and the board agreed, that given the significant requirements associated with the confirmation process, it was appropriate to move the retirement date.
Tillerson joined Exxon Company USA in 1975 as a production engineer. He held various senior roles in the corporation throughout his career spanning more than four decades, including executive vice president of ExxonMobil Development Company.
Woods, 51, was elected president of ExxonMobil and a member of the board of directors in January 2016.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Woods joined Exxon Company International in 1992. During his career he held various senior domestic and international positions in ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company and Exxon Company International. He also served as manager of ExxonMobil investor relations.