Monday 23 April 2018

New secretary of state pockets €170m payout from oil giant

Rex Tillerson is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, will get a $180m (€170m) retirement package from Exxon Mobil before he severs ties with the oil giant to take up his new job.

Mr Tillerson will surrender all unpaid stock that was part of his pay package, more than two million shares. In exchange, the company will make a cash payment equal to the value of those shares to a trust to be overseen by a third party, according to a regulatory filing yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Because of the way the compensation is being dispensed, Mr Tillerson will give up about $7m, compared with what he would have been paid had he retired in March as he had planned to do before the nomination.

Mr Tillerson, who worked for Exxon for more than 40 years, would have reached the company's mandatory retirement age of 65 by March.

He would lose all assets in the trust if he returned to the oil and gas industry after leaving government service, the funds being paid out to charities of the controlling trustee's choosing.

Mr Tillerson (inset) began his career at Exxon as a production engineer straight out of the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He replaced long-time chief executive Lee Raymond in 2006 and led the company during one of the most turbulent periods in its history, which included the 2008 financial crisis.

Irish Independent

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