WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President-elect Donald Trump announced his nomination of Tillerson as secretary of state on Tuesday, which sparked vigorous debates over his business-related connections to Russia. Trump's nomination is subject to review by the US Senate.
"After consideration, Tillerson concluded, and the board agreed, that given the significant requirements associated with the confirmation [for secretary of state] process, it was appropriate to move the retirement date [originally scheduled for March]," the release stated on Wednesday.
According to the release, Tillerson joined Exxon back in 1975 as a production engineer. Since then, he held different senior positions and was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil in January 2006.
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