"Tillerson is a very capable business executive. He’s got a wealth of experience in the industry," Hess said on Tuesday. "He does his homework, he’s very well-prepared and really knowledgeable about global affairs."
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump officially announced he would nominate Tillerson, chariman and CEO of Exxon Mobile, to be the United States’ next top diplomat.
Tillerson joined Exxon Mobile in 1975 as a production engineer and served as the company’s senior vice president and president before being elected chairman and chief executive in 2006.
Trump’s nomination announcement on Tillerson comes nearly two weeks after former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani said he took himself out of consideration for secretary of state.