Tillerson came to ExxonMobil as a production engineer straight out of the university in 1975 and never left.
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The top contender to lead U.S. foreign policy under Donald Trump is known for his longstanding support of free trade, international law and an expansive presence in the Middle East that doesn't fit with Trump's pitch to supporters. ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is also known for his Russia connections, would be the Trump's most concrete outreach yet to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Tillerson has used Exxon's enormous profits to explore new regions for oil and gas and to invest in new acquisitions like XTO Resources, a company that had helped pioneer drilling for natural gas in formations of shale in the United States.After the Iraq War, Exxon agreed to develop a large project in still-unstable southern Iraq at terms that are less favorable to Exxon than most deals.Tillerson was slated to retire in March at age 65 under the company's mandatory retirement policy. Paid $27.3 million last year, Tillerson has accumulated roughly $160 million in Exxon stock along with $149 million of unvested stock options, according a proxy statement the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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