Ursula M. Burns
Chairman & CEO, Xerox Corporation
Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern and later assumed roles in product development and planning. From 1992 through 2000, Burns led several business teams including the office color and fax business and office network printing business. In 2000, she was named senior vice president, Corporate Strategic Services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. She then took on the broader role of leading Xerox''s global research as well as product development, marketing and delivery. 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 was named chief executive officer in July 2009.
Burns earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. She serves on professional and community boards, including American Express Corp., CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse) at Columbia University, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), National Academy Foundation, MIT, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the University of Rochester. Burns was also named by President Barack Obama to help lead the White House national program on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in November of 2009.