Clarke was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is a graduate from University College Dublin with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
Rob Franklin, president of ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company, has announced his intention to retire, effective March 1, 2018, after more than 35 years of service. The board of directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has appointed Peter Clarke as president of ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company and elected him as a vice president of the corporation. Clarke is currently vice president, international gas, ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company, and lead country manager for ExxonMobil businesses in the U.K. Franklin, 60, was appointed president, ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company effective March 1, 2013, and elected as a vice president of the corporation, effective May 1, 2009. Franklin joined Mobil North Sea Ltd. in 1981 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and has held a variety of technical and managerial positions in exploration, production and gas marketing. In 1999, he was appointed vice president for European gas marketing for Mobil Corporation, and in 2001 was named vice president of new business development for ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company in Houston, Texas. He was appointed executive assistant to the chairman of Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2007 and in 2008 was named vice president for Europe, Russia and Caspian for ExxonMobil Production Company. He was appointed president of ExxonMobil Upstream Ventures in 2009. Franklin was born in Culcheth, England, and is a graduate of University of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Clarke 52, joined Esso Ireland in 1987 and has gained broad experience in the global natural gas business. He has held various management positions in ExxonMobil's natural gas and LNG marketing organizations and has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Earlier in Clarke's career, he held various technical and managerial positions in the downstream including supply and trading in Ireland, France and U.K. In 2014 he was appointed vice president, Asia Pacific, Africa & Americas, ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company, overseeing the marketing of pipeline natural gas and natural gas commercialization efforts across the three regions. He has also been responsible for ExxonMobil's global power portfolio and, as planning manager for ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company, was responsible for global strategy, planning and business analysis. He was appointed to his current position in 2016.