(NBC News) ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State.
The Trump transition team officially announced the pick early Tuesday morning.
“It was chemistry it was presence, it was vision. It was also the ability that Rex Tillerson had to maintain relationships across the world,” says Trump White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
The 64-year-old millionaire heads a global company with nearly as many foreign offices, and more than twice as many employees, as the State Department.
Trump tweeted “He’s one of the truly great business leaders of the world.”
He’s been endorsed by former Secretaries of State, and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates who called him a “Person a great integrity.”
Still, there’s concern among both Democrats and Republicans over his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sources also confirm former Texas Governor Rick Perry is Mr. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Energy.