Rex Tillerson, SPE, US Secretary of State and former chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., will be recognized for his “outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry” with World Petroleum Council’s highest honor, the Dewhurst Award, during the 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) to be held in Istanbul from 9 to 13 July. The award celebrates Tillerson’s exceptional leadership of the largest publicly traded oil and gas company in the world over the past 10 years. Tillerson will also deliver the Dewhurst Lecture, which is a tribute to Thomas Dewhurst (1881-1973), then president of the Institute of Petroleum in the UK who organized the first WPC, and to the person asked to deliver it. Tillerson is the tenth recipient of the award. He joined Exxon Company USA as a production engineer in 1975 and held various senior management roles in the corporation, including executive vice president of ExxonMobil Development Company. He was named senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corp. in 2001 and was elected president and member of the board of directors in 2004. Tillerson was elected chairman and CEO of the company in 2006. He retired from the position at the end of 2016 to assume the role of US Secretary of State. Tillerson holds a BS degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
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