A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Mr. Tillerson earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Exxon Company, U.S.A. in 1975 as a Production Engineer.
In 1989, he became General Manager of EUSA's Central Production Division, responsible for oil and gas production operations throughout a large portion of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.
In 1992 Mr. Tillerson was named Production Advisor to Exxon Corporation. Three years later he was named President of Exxon Yemen Inc. and Esso Exploration and Production Khorat Inc., and in January 1998 became Vice President of Exxon Ventures (CIS) Inc. and President of Exxon Neftegas Limited. In those roles, he was responsible for Exxon's holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea as well as the Sakhalin I Consortium operations offshore Sakhalin Island, Russia.
In December 1999, he became Executive Vice President of ExxonMobil Development Company. 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 his current position January 1, 2006.
Mr. Tillerson is a member of the Executive Committee and Policy Committee of the American Petroleum Institute. He is also a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, the Business Roundtable and its Energy Task Force, an honorary trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding, and a member of the Emergency Committee for American Trade.
Mr. Tillerson is a member of the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, a director of the United Negro College Fund, and Vice-Chairman of the Ford's Theatre Society. He is also a member of the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.