Rex Tillerson Fast Facts

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Rex Tillerson in 60 seconds


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(CNN)Here is a look at the life of former Secretary of State and ExxonMobil CEO, Rex Tillerson.

Birth date:
March 23, 1952
Birth place: Wichita Falls, Texas
Birth name: Rex Wayne Tillerson
    Father: Bob Tillerson, Eagle Scout executive
    Mother: Patty (Patton) Tillerson
    Marriage: Renda (St. Clair) Tillerson
    Children: Four children
    Education: University of Texas at Austin, B.S., 1975
    Other Facts:
    Tillerson and his wife, Renda, operate a Texas horse ranch called Bar RR Ranches.
    An Eagle Scout, Tillerson served as president of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 2010 and 2011. He's been a member of the BSA executive board since 2005 and he helped advocate for the inclusion of gay youth in the Scouts. The organization reversed its ban on gay Scouts in 2013 and four years later, the BSA opened up membership to transgender youth. While Tillerson has a reputation as a BSA reformer, he has been criticized by gay rights groups because, under his leadership, Exxon continued to resist calls to implement policies protecting LGBTQ employees from harassment. In 2015, the company added sexual orientation and gender identity to its equal opportunity policy.
    1975 -
    Joins Exxon as a production engineer.
    1987-1989 - Business development manager of Exxon's domestic natural gas department.
    1989-1992 - General manager for regional oil and gas production.
    1992- Production adviser for Exxon Corporation.
    1992-1995 - Coordinator of affiliate gas sales for Exxon Company, International.
    1995 - Becomes president of Exxon Yemen and other overseas subsidiaries.
    1998 - President of Exxon Ventures and Exxon Neftegas in Russia.
    1999 - Becomes the executive vice president of Exxon Development Company.
    1999 - Exxon Corp and Mobil Corp complete their merger.
    2001-2003 - Senior vice president of ExxonMobil.
    2004 - Becomes president of ExxonMobil and a member of the company's board of directors.
    2006 - Is named chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil.
    2013 - Receives the Order of Friendship award from Russian President Vladimir Putin. During Tillerson's tenure as ExxonMobil CEO, the company invests in oil production in Siberia, the Arctic Circle and the Black Sea.
    December 13, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump's transition team announces that Tillerson has been nominated for secretary of state. Tillerson was recommended for the role by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Their consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates LLC has a contract with ExxonMobil.
    January 11, 2017 - During his confirmation hearing, Tillerson is questioned about his ties to Russia and asked about what he will do to promote human rights abroad. In response to a query on global warming, Tillerson says he believes climate change is a serious issue.
    February 1, 2017 - Tillerson is confirmed by the Senate by a 56-43 vote. All of the Republicans voted for him while most of the democrats voted against him. Later in the evening, Tillerson is sworn in as secretary of state.
    February 15, 2017 - Tillerson arrives Germany on his first overseas trip. He represents the United States at the G20 summit in Bonn.
    February 24, 2017 - The State Department announces that it will resume holding regular press briefings on March 6. Under previous administrations, the department took questions from reporters on a daily basis but the briefings were suspended after President Trump took office on January 20.
    March 14-19, 2017 - Tillerson makes his first trip to Asia, stopping in China, Japan and South Korea. During the visit, Tillerson declares that a new approach is needed to counter provocations by North Korea.
    March 20, 2017 - Officials tell Reuters that Tillerson will not attend a NATO meeting in April, skipping the event so he can participate in talks with President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China at Trump's Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago. Officials also say the secretary of state is planning a trip to Russia later in April.
    October 2017 - NBC reports that Tillerson called President Trump a "moron" during a Pentagon meeting. Tillerson refuses to confirm or deny the allegation.
    March 13, 2018 - Is fired by President Trump.