During his 35 year career at ExxonMobil, Rich worked in a variety of accounting and financial reporting positions. He spent a third of his career in accounting policy. As a corporate senior accounting policy advisor, his responsibilities included: reviewing material business transactions; developing, implementing and advising on corporate accounting policy; coordinating SOX activities; reviewing the impact of proposed and new accounting standards; and preparing SEC filings. Throughout his career he had the opportunity to conduct training on topics such as business practices, internal controls, fair value, derivatives and oil and gas accounting practices.

Rich also participated in several Financial Executives International work groups including the COSO 2013 Internal Control-Integrated Framework. In 2012-13, as part of the Accounting Subcommittee of the American Petroleum Institute, he modeled the impact of the proposed Lease Exposure Draft on Upstream Oil and Gas companies and participated in an API presentation to the FASB. Rich has a BBA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.