Born in Wichita, Kansas, Darren Woods is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois.
Mr. Woods first joined Exxon Company International in 1992 as a planning analyst in Florham Park, New Jersey. He progressed through a number of domestic and international assignments for Exxon Company International, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, and ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company.
In 2005, Mr. Woods was appointed vice president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Houston, Texas, where he managed global specialty-chemical businesses. In 2008, he moved to Brussels, Belgium, to work as ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company director of refining for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2010, he was appointed vice president of supply and transportation and moved to Fairfax, Virginia.
Mr. Woods was appointed president of ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company and vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2012. In this role, he had primary responsibility for ExxonMobil’s global refining, supply, and transportation activities.
In 2014, Mr. Woods was elected senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
In 2015, Mr. Woods was elected as a Member of the Board of the U.S.-China Business Council.
Effective January 1, 2016, Mr. Woods was elected president of Exxon Mobil Corporation and a member of the board of directors.
The ExxonMobil Board of Directors elected Mr. Woods as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2017.