Exxon CEO-in-Waiting to Inherit Rex Tillerson’s Mixed Legacy

The man poised to replace Rex Tillerson as the leader of America’s most influential energy giant helped transform Exxon Mobil Corp.’s refining business from a poor cousin of oil production to the primary profit generator.

Darren Woods, the company’s refining boss since 2012, may be named the next chief executive officer after Tillerson was picked as secretary of state by President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday. Even if Tillerson doesn’t become the top diplomat — three Republican senators have expressed misgivings about his nomination — he’s due to retire no later than March, when he will reach Exxon’s mandatory retirement age.

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