What You Need To Know About Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO Who President-Elect Trump Nominated As Our Next Secretary of State
On Tuesday morning, President-elect Donald J. Trump announced that he has selected Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State for the United States of America. Tillerson is the CEO of ExxonMobil, the eighth largest company in the world by revenue and has over 83,000 employees.
Trump’s transition team released a press release on Tillerson’s appointment.
“Mr. Tillerson knows how to manage a global organization and successfully navigate the complex architecture of world affairs and diverse foreign leaders. As Secretary of State, he will be a forceful and clear-eyed advocate for America’s vital national interests, and help reverse years of misguided foreign policies and actions that have weakened America’s security and standing in the world. The American people will once again have a world-class leader working on their behalf, enhancing the prospects for peace and prosperity among nations.”
“Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest and most respected companies,” said Trump. “His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State. He will promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States. Rex knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a successful State Department, and his relationships with leaders all over the world are second to none. I can think of no one more prepared, and no one more dedicated, to serve as Secretary of State at this critical time in our history.”
On Sunday, Trump said of Tillerson, “He’s a world-class player.”
Tillerson has no government or diplomatic experience, but does have experience in dealing with foreign governments since ExxonMobil operates in more than 50 countries.