Huffington Award Luncheon
Huffington Award Luncheon
The Huffington Award Luncheon recognizes an individual who has been a major force on the international stage. Named for the Houston oilman and former ambassador who played a leading role in creating Asia Society Texas Center, the Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding is the highest honor bestowed by the Texas Center.
Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has been selected for 2014 and will be in conversation with Andrew H. Card, Jr., the 21st White House Chief of Staff.
Former recipients include President George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush; Jon Huntsman, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. George Strake; Robert Mosbacher, Sr.; Mayor Bill White; Washington SyCip; Gordon M. Bethune; and The Honorable Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore.
Reception for Table Sponsors and VIP Ticket Holders: 10:30 am
Registration: 11:30 am
Luncheon: 12:00 pm
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Exxon Mobil Corporation
David E. Harvey Builders, Inc.
Baker Hughes Incorporated
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Aramco Services Co.
Eagle Global Advisors
Satake USA Inc.
Cogan & Partners, LLP
Deborah and William Colton
Marathon Oil Corporation
Marek Family Foundation
Texas Capital Bank
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Vinson & Elkins, LLP
Wells Fargo Bank
Marion and David Young
A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Rex Tillerson earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Exxon Company, U.S.A. in 1975 as a production engineer.
In 1989, he became general manager of Exxon Company USA’s central production division, responsible for oil and gas production operations throughout a large portion of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas.
In 1992, Mr. Tillerson was named production advisor to Exxon Corporation. Three years later he was named president of Exxon Yemen Inc. and Esso Exploration and Production Khorat Inc., and in January 1998 became vice president of Exxon Ventures (CIS) Inc. and president of Exxon Neftegas Limited. In those roles, he was responsible for Exxon’s holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea as well as the Sakhalin I consortium operations offshore Sakhalin Island, Russia.
In December 1999, he became executive vice president of ExxonMobil Development Company. Mr. Tillerson was named senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in August 2001, and was elected president of the corporation and member of the board of directors on March 1, 2004. He assumed his current position on January 1, 2006.
Mr. Tillerson is a member of the executive committee and a former chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a member of the Business Roundtable, a member of the Business Council, an honorary trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding, and a member of the Emergency Committee for American Trade. In 2013, Mr. Tillerson was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Mr. Tillerson is the vice-chairman of the Ford’s Theatre Society, immediate past national president of the Boy Scouts of America, and a former director of the United Negro College Fund. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council, Development Board, and the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin, where he was named a distinguished alumnus in 2007. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate engineering degree from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.