Rex Tillerson is Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corporation’s chairman and CEO. While he is an international kingpin, he maintains a relatively low-profile locally. However, that will change on Friday, October 24, when he receives the World Affairs Council’s most prestigious award — the H. Neil Mallon Award.
According to Council Chair Robert W. Kantner, “Rex W. Tillerson’s leadership of Exxon Mobil Corporation, the largest publicly traded petroleum and petrochemical enterprise in the world, from its headquarters here in North Texas, makes him an outstanding recipient of the World Affairs Council’s Mallon Award. The Mallon Award honors its recipient for dedication to international relationships – business and personal – that enhance the standing of North Texas around the world. The Council is pleased to honor Mr. Tillerson for keeping North Texas in the forefront of international relationships through his well-respected and tireless work in the energy field and personally as a global citizen.”
Keynote speaker at the dinner will be Dr. Robert M. Gates, who in addition to serving as the nation’s 22nd Secretary of Defense and president of Texas A&M University, is presently the national president of the Boy Scouts of America.
Each year the award recognizes “an individual who has excelled at promoting North Texas as an important international gateway for business, industry and diplomatic relations.” The award was established 31 years ago and named after the chairman of Dresser Industries, who also founded the World Affairs Council in 1951.
Previous recipients have included Stanley Marcus, Ray Hunt, President George H.W. Bush, Ross Perot Sr. and Jr., Trammell Crow and his daughter Lucy Billingsley.
Presenting sponsors for the dinner are AT&T, BNSF Railway Company, ExxonMobil, Fluor Corporation and Hunt Consolidated.
Chairing the event at the Hyatt Regency are previous Mallon Award recipients David T. Seaton and Randall L. Stephenson, along with Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, Sarah and Ross Perot Jr. and Lisa and Matt Rose. Honorary chairs will be Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne.
This event is going to be a biggie with biggest names. Hop to it and make your reservations now.
* Photos courtesy of World Affairs Council