Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will receive a lifetime achievement award for his time at ExxonMobil, The Washington Post reports. Tillerson, who was CEO of the oil giant for a decade before joining the Trump administration, is being recognized by the World Petroleum Congress for his “outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry.”
Tillerson was named the recipient of the award in November before President Donald Trump tapped him for secretary of state, and he will receive the award at a ceremony in Istanbul next week, where he will travel after the G-20 summit in Germany.
The Secretary of State is also set to talk with Turkish officials about fighting off ISIS and speak with staff at a U.S. diplomatic post.
He is only the 10th person to receive the award, joining the ranks of other ex-oil CEOs and Saudi Arabian and Qatari royalty who were involved in the industry.
Senior State Department officials reportedly did not answer questions by reporters about the award on a background call about Tillerson’s trip.