Year Inducted: 2022
Throughout his exemplary, nearly four-decade career in the oil and gas industry, Brad Corson has been dedicated to advancing global energy supply while leveraging his impressive professional accomplishments and network to impact the next generation of engineers. Corson is currently the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Imperial Oil Limited, Canada’s largest
petroleum refiner, a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, a key petrochemical producer, and a leading fuels marketer from coast to coast.
Corson earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University in 1983, joining Exxon Company, now ExxonMobil, as a project engineer after graduation. He has held a wide variety of technical, commercial and managerial assignments primarily in the upstream, but also in the downstream and human resources. He spent the first 21 years of his career based in the United States with assignments in Louisiana, California, Texas, and Virginia before relocating overseas.
In 2004, Corson moved to Hong Kong as manager of Hong Kong Power and chairman of CAPCO, ExxonMobil’s Joint Venture in the power industry. In 2007, he returned to Houston, Texas, as vice-president of New Business Development for ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing Company with global responsibility for commercializing ExxonMobil’s major gas resources and pursuit of new opportunities.
From 2009 to 2014, he was based in London as chairman and production director of ExxonMobil International Limited where he had responsibility for ExxonMobil’s oil and gas production activities in Europe and Caspian regions. He also served as ExxonMobil’s lead country manager for the United Kingdom during this period.
In 2014, Corson returned to Houston as vice-president of ExxonMobil Upstream Ventures and in 2015 was appointed president of ExxonMobil Upstream Ventures and a vice-president of Exxon Mobil Corporation, where he oversaw the company’s global upstream acquisition and divestment programs, including major strategic acquisitions in the Permian Basin, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, and Brazil. He assumed his current role at Imperial Oil Limited, a publicly traded company with ExxonMobil as majority shareholder, in 2020.
Corson is an avid supporter of Auburn University, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the Auburn Department of Chemical Engineering, and engineering tutoring services. He is an active member of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and was named the Department of Chemical Engineering Outstanding Alumnus and most recently the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Distinguished Engineer.
He has supported facilities and excellence funds within Auburn engineering. The tutoring and learning suite on the main floor of the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center is named the Brad Corson and Family Tutoring and Learning Suite. Also, several spaces in chemical engineering’s Ross Hall are named in his honor including the Brad Corson Gallery, Brad Corson Conference Room, and Brad Corson Chemical Engineering Department Chair Suite.