In a Tuesday statement US president-elect Donald Trump confirmed his pick of the ExxonMobil head as secretary of state.

Citing Rex Tillerson’s business acumen and “broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics,’’.

"Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream.

"Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Tillerson rose through the ranks to become CEO of Exxon Mobil, one of the world’s largest and most respected companies," Trump said.

As secretary of state, Tillerson says he will focus on strengthening alliances, while pursuing "shared national interests and enhancing the strength, security and sovereignty of the United States."