On February 1, 2017, Rex Tillerson was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of State.
We look forward to working with Rex Tillerson, to advance strong leadership at the United Nations to further our principles as Americans and tackle global challenges.
American leadership at the UN, including by meeting financial obligations to the institution, helps the United States meet key economic, foreign policy, and national security goals. The U.S. remains integral to a strong UN, and its status as a permanent member of the Security Council and host of UN headquarters reflects the importance of the U.S.-UN relationship.
Rex Tillerson begins his tenure shortly after António Guterres is sworn in as the UN’s new Secretary-General, providing a significant opportunity to further American interests across the globe, including by enhancing peacekeeping, combatting violent extremism, continuing action on climate change, and promoting sustainable development.
In 2011, our sister organization the UN Foundation recognized Rex Tillerson for ExxonMobil’s commitment to help meet the UN’s goals of substantially reducing deaths from malaria and increasing economic opportunities for girls and women. These efforts are examples of the positive effects that multinational corporations can have when they align their business interests with global development priorities.
About Rex Tillerson
A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Rex Tillerson earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Exxon Company, U.S.A. in 1975 as a production engineer.
Mr. Tillerson was named senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in August 2001, and was elected president of the corporation and member of the board of directors on March 1, 2004. He assumed the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2006.
Mr. Tillerson is a member of the executive committee and a former chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a member of the Business Roundtable, a member of the Business Council, an honorary trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding, and a member of the Emergency Committee for American Trade. In 2013, Mr. Tillerson was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Mr. Tillerson is the vice-chairman of the Ford’s Theatre Society, 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, Development Board and the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin, where he was named a distinguished alumnus in 2007.