Climate scientist plans her Exxon exit after making $3.8M

By Corbin Hiar | 04/15/2024 06:23 AM EDT

Atmospheric physicist Susan Avery once spoke out about the need to “get off fossil fuels.” But her appointment didn’t stop Exxon from doubling down on oil and gas.

Susan Avery poses for a picture.

Susan Avery, an atmospheric physicist, has been on the Exxon board since 2017. Exxon Mobil

This story was updated at 12:11 p.m. EDT.

The top climate expert on Exxon Mobil’s board is stepping down next month, ending a seven-year run at the oil major that rewarded her with more than $3.8 million in compensation.

Atmospheric scientist Susan Avery’s tenure on the 13-member board began amid a pressure campaign from sustainable investment advocates — and will conclude as Exxon pursues litigation that could limit the influence of similar shareholder resolutions.


Avery, who chairs the board’s Environment, Safety and Public Policy Committee, plans to resign after its May 29 annual meeting “for reasons unrelated to the company,” Exxon disclosed to investors earlier this year. She did not respond to interview requests.