Tillerson to Cash Out Quarter-Billion Dollar Exxon Nest Egg

Rex Tillerson will relinquish control of a quarter-billion dollar nest egg amassed over 4 decades during Exxon Mobil Corp. to equivocate a dispute of seductiveness during his acknowledgment hearings to turn U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state.


If confirmed, a former Exxon authority and arch executive officer will modify about 2 million deferred shares to money that will be surrendered to an exclusively managed trust, a company said in a matter antiquated Tuesday. Tillerson also will sell some-more than 600,000 shares he already owns in North America’s largest oil explorer, desert $4.1 million in money bonuses he would have been paid over a subsequent 3 years and take a $3 million haircut on a limited batch payout.

To equivocate a dispute of seductiveness with a multinational house he assimilated in 1975 and led for 11 years starting in 2006, Tillerson indispensable to work out a fortitude for a deferred remuneration package that typically ties former executives’ personal fortunes to Exxon’s opening for a decade after they retire. Exxon’s house pronounced it consulted with sovereign ethics officials to safeguard a agreement disjunction Tillerson’s ties to a association was sound.

Tillerson’s agreement with Exxon competence meant he has to recuse himself from decisions that would impact a association for dual years — double a length of a common recusal period. That’s since Exxon’s remuneration policies barred accelerated payments of unvested shares — and a association done an difference in Tillerson’s case. Under ethics rules, if a association changes a process to compensate $10,000 or some-more to an worker nominated for supervision service, a recusal time doubles.

Such recusals typically need that “you mislay yourself from a sequence of authority of anything that would impact your former company,” pronounced Stan Brand, an profession and government-ethics consultant during Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP. Exxon explores for oil and healthy gas on 6 continents.

Tillerson’s acknowledgment conference before U.S. senators might start as shortly as subsequent week. The 64-year-old Texan is no foreigner to Capitol Hill, carrying testified before congressional inquiries in a past decade on topics as different as gasoline prices and a Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Tillerson stepped down as Exxon authority and CEO on Jan. 1 and was succeeded by enlightening arch Darren Woods. The association typically retains a services of ex-CEOs post-retirement to advantage from their long-standing relations with unfamiliar oil ministers, domestic leaders and dignitaries.

By slicing ties with Exxon, Tillerson is also eschewing post-employment perks such as a private bureau and executive support enjoyed by his prototype and mentor, Lee Raymond. Tillerson spent his whole veteran career during a Irving, Texas-based association that traces a roots to a 1880s and John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Trust.

Tillerson directly owns 611,087 shares of Exxon, value about $55.5 million according to Bloomberg calculations formed on Tuesday’s tighten in New York. He has an additional 2.026 million limited shares, value $184 million.

His disjunction of his attribute with Exxon isn’t singular — nor is it a largest such subdivision in new U.S. history. In 2006, before his acknowledgment as U.S. Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Hank Paulson concluded to sell his $485 million interest in a investment firm.

“He can’t get absolved of a fact that he’s a former Exxon executive,” pronounced Brand, a government-ethics specialist. “What he can do is mislay all his financial land in a company, like Paulson did with Goldman Sachs. That’s what Tillerson’s doing. It’ll give him a purify check of health.”


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