Ursula M. Burns

Born: New York, New York, September 20, 1958; Position: former Chairman and CEO; Company: Xerox Corporation; Industry: Information technology; Country: United States

Ursula Burns, was Chairwoman of Xerox from 2010 to 2017, and was Xerox CEO from 2009 to 2016.

She was previously president of Xerox Corporation, before being named by the board to succeed Anne Mulcahy as chief executive officer effect July 1, 2009.

She was the first black woman to head a Fortune 500 company. According to Xerox, it was also the first time a female chief executive has replaced another female chief executive at a Fortune 500 company.

Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern. She subsequently held several positions in engineering, including product development and planning. In June 1991 she became the executive assistant to Paul A. Allaire, then Xerox chairman and chief executive officer.

From 1992 through 2000, Burns led several business teams, including the office color and fax business, office network copying business and the departmental business unit.

In May 2000, she was named senior vice president, Corporate Strategic Services, and was named president of Xerox Business Group Operations in 2002. She was appointed an officer of the company in 1997 and named a corporate senior vice president in 2000.

In April 2007, Burns was named president of Xerox, expanding her leadership to also include the company's IT organization, corporate strategy, human resources, corporate marketing and global accounts. At that time, she was also elected a member of the company's Board of Directors. 

Burns joined the board of Uber technologies in late September 2017. She has also served on a number of professional and community boards, including American Express, Boston Scientific Corp., CASA - Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, National Association of Manufacturers, University of Rochester, and the Rochester Business Alliance.

Burns received a bachelor of science degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1980 and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in 1981. 


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