Mr. J. Stephen Simon, 64, director and senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has announced his intention to retire effective May 31, 2008, after more than 40 years of service.
Mr. Simon has been a member of the corporation's Board of Directors since January 2006 and a member of the Management Committee since December 2004.
As senior vice president on the Management Committee, Mr. Simon has been responsible for ExxonMobil's petroleum refining and supply and chemicals manufacturing and marketing operations.
Mr. Simon joined Exxon Company, U.S.A. in July 1967 and shortly thereafter began a two-year assignment in the United States Army. He returned to Exxon U.S.A. in July 1969 as a business analyst in the Baton Rouge refinery.
During his career, Mr. Simon held a number of technical, supervisory and general management positions. These positions included manager, Baton Rouge refinery; executive assistant to the president of Exxon Corporation, New York; supply and transportation manager, Esso Europe, London; general manager, supply department, Exxon U.S.A., Houston; chief executive, Esso Caribbean and Central America, Coral Gables; president, Esso Italiana, Rome, and executive vice president, Exxon Company, International, New Jersey. Following the ExxonMobil merger, he was appointed president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company and vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in December 1999.
Mr. Simon has served on a number of local boards of voluntary organizations. He is a member of the Governance Committee of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and is a member of the Board of Directors of the US-China Business Council. Mr. Simon has also served on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers. He is a member of the Board of Visitors for Duke University's School of Engineering and a member of the President's Council. In addition, he is on the Kellogg Advisory Board of Northwestern University.
A native of Columbia, Missouri, Mr. Simon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Northwestern University.
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