REX TILLERSON, EXXONMOBIL: An Oilman Who Still Gets Respect

REX TILLERSON EXXONMOBIL

When he walks into a room, Rex Tillerson radiates competence and stability. In a world grown weary of the shenanigans of energy companies like Enron, the oilman commands respect--and earns it--by pumping twice as much oil out of the ground as Kuwait does. As ExxonMobil's senior vice president for exploration and production, he was responsible for 80% of the $11 billion profit generated last year by the world's largest private oil company. The challenge: Can Tillerson, 51, ride that success to become CEO?

ExxonMobil's reigning chief, Lee Raymond, 65, has extended his stay on the job ostensibly to handle fallout from...

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