A native of St. Andrews, Scotland, Neil joined Mobil Oil Company in 1979, following his graduation from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He worked in a number of functional groups for Mobil North Sea Ltd. until
1983, when he was transferred to London and was involved in planning satellite field developments. In 1986, he joined Subsea Operations and was named Well Test Supervisor for the UK offshore sector.
From 1989 to 1998, Neil served as Platform Manager in the Beryl Field, North Sea; Producing Advisor for Europe and Africa; and Operations and Northern North Sea Manager, senior representative for Mobil North Sea Ltd.
In 1998, Neil was named Senior Vice President, Mobil Oil Indonesia, with responsibility for exploration and producing operations throughout the country. Two years later, he was named Vice President, ExxonMobil Development Company, with responsibility for CIS/Middle East Projects. In 2004, he became Vice President, Africa, of ExxonMobil Production Company. He was named Executive Vice President of ExxonMobil Development Company in 2006, and became President of ExxonMobil Development Company from 2007 until 2016.
Neil currently serves as President of ExxonMobil Production Company, a position he has held since January 2017.
In addition to his responsibilities with ExxonMobil Production Company, Neil also serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S.-Russia Business Council and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He and his wife Marianne have two children.