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Tillerson’s Commitment to Racial Diversity Has History at Exxon

  • Minorities hold 30% of Exxon management and professional jobs
  • State Department’s senior foreign service is 12% minority
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Photographer: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pledged this month to promote more people of color into leadership roles in his agency. His track record during 11 years at the helm of Exxon Mobil Corp. suggests he means it.

At Exxon, people of color make up 30 percent of management and professional staff -- a stark contrast with the State Department’s senior foreign service staff, which is 12 percent minority.