Darren Woods, Exxon’s New Chief, Begins to Make His Mark

From New York Times: The executive wing of Exxon Mobil’s headquarters outside Dallas is nicknamed the God Pod because orders given by executives there can sometimes be as sharp as thunderbolts.

Darren W. Woods became the top god only two months ago, and he is just beginning to spread his wings. But there are hints of boldness mixed with the company’s traditional steadiness.

Even with a new administration in Washington far less interested in the problem of climate change, Mr. Woods has endorsed the Paris climate accord committing nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions and strongly reiterated Exxon’s support for a carbon tax. Weeks after he took over as chairman and chief executive from Rex W. Tillerson, who departed to become secretary of state, the company put a respected environmentalist on its board.

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