Elijah White, Jr. was appointed Vice President of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in July 2015. A native of Wilson, North Carolina, Mr. White earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology from Elizabeth City State University in 1981 and a Master’s of Science in Geology from The University of North Carolina in 1984 before joining the company in Houston as an exploration geoscientist.
In 1991, Elijah moved to Exxon Exploration Company where he served as the technical team lead in the Asia Pacific Project. Since then he has served in ExxonMobil’s Exploration Company, Development Company, Production Company and Upstream Research Center in a variety of individual contributor and leadership roles, including Exploration vice president for the Africa Region and most recently as the geoscience vice president for the Production Company.
As geoscience vice president of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Elijah leads the Corporation’s worldwide geoscience research function and the application of differentiating and proprietary technology in support of ExxonMobil’s global upstream operations.
Elijah is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists. He currently serves on the UNC Arts and Sciences Foundation Advisory Board, The Texas A&M Energy Institute External Advisory Board, as well as a Trustee of the ExxonMobil Foundation. Within ExxonMobil he is a past president of the Black Employee Success Team.
Elijah is married to Diana Wandix-White and is the proud father of three daughters and a son.