The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced today that Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has been elected to serve as the 33rd president of the century-old organization. Tillerson will step into his new role during the BSA’s National Annual Meeting in Dallas, May 26–28.
During his two-year term, Tillerson will direct the National Executive Board, which guides the national youth-service organization. A top priority for Tillerson will be to build upon the momentum and excitement generated by the organization’s 100th anniversary.
Tillerson, who is an Eagle Scout, sees scouting as a powerful vehicle for preparing the current generation of young people to become the skilled leaders of tomorrow. While the BSA’s mission and principles have remained constant throughout the last century, the BSA continues to adapt to today’s youth, embracing new technology and channels to deliver programs to reach current and new members.
“The investment with the greatest return is the one we make in our country’s youth. Scouting provides opportunities for young people to experience and understand the world around them—not only making them better citizens, but more successful contributors to the workforce,” Tillerson said. “I can speak to the power of those lessons — I am a product of the Scouting program. I apply the values and principles I learned as a Scout on a daily basis.”
ExxonMobil is a global leader in an industry that uses technology and innovation in every element of its business and recognizes the essential role of math and science in the energy industry and the country as a whole. ExxonMobil is working with the BSA on programs that incorporate meaningful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education into the Scouting experience.
“Rex Tillerson has the rare talent of being a visionary who inspires thousands, but also possesses the mind of an engineer who knows how to get things done,” said Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive of the BSA. “With the benefit of his business acumen, deep love of Scouting, and his leadership skills, the Boy Scouts of America is well-prepared to enter our second century of service to others.”
Tillerson is a member of the BSA’s National Executive Board and is active in the Circle Ten Council in Dallas. In addition to being named president during the National Annual Meeting, Tillerson also received the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest commendation given by the BSA for extraordinary service to youth. Tillerson is one of 12 Silver Buffalo recipients this year, including Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.
Named by Fortune as one of the 25 most powerful people in business, Tillerson leads one of the world’s largest corporations, overseeing more than 80,000 employees on six continents. He joined Exxon as a production engineer in 1975 and rose quickly through the ranks before assuming leadership of operations in Russia and parts of the Middle East during the 1990s. Following Exxon’s merger with Mobil Corporation in 1999, Tillerson became an executive vice president. He assumed his current position of chairman and CEO in 2006.
In addition to Scouting, Tillerson is involved in numerous business groups and is a former director of the United Negro College Fund. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council and the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Tillerson follows in the footsteps of past BSA national presidents: John Gottschalk, chairman and CEO of the Omaha World-Herald Company; William F. “Rick” Cronk, former president of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream; John Cushman, chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Inc.; Roy S. Roberts, managing director of Reliant Equity Investors; Milton Ward, CEO of Ward Resources Inc.; and Ed Whitacre, chairman and CEO of General Motors.
A native of Wichita Falls, Tillerson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Renda, have four children.
Source: Boy Scouts of America