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Woods named new Exxon president

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NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. said Friday that it named the company’s refining chief Darren Woods as president and a member of the oil and gas giant’s board.

He will take on the new roles starting Jan. 1. Woods, 50, is currently senior vice president at the Irving company.

CEO Rex Tillerson, 63, will continue as CEO and chairman.

With the addition of Woods, Exxon Mobil’s board will have 13 members.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Woods earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

He joined Exxon Company International in 1992 as a planning analyst. He held a number of domestic and international assignments for ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company and Exxon Company International, and he served as manager of investor relations for Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Woods held positions as vice president of supply and transportation and director of refining for Europe, Africa and the Middle East for ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company and vice president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

In 2012, he was appointed president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company and a vice president of the corporation. – additional reporting by FWB staff.

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