Xerox Names Ursula Burns President
Ursula M. Burns has been appointed to president of Xerox Corporation. She has been also elected to the company's board of directors. Burns was previously president of the company's Business Group Operations, responsible for global research, engineering, marketing and manufacturing of Xerox technology, supplies and related services. As president, Burns retains leadership of these functions as well as the company's information management organization. She also assumes responsibility for corporate strategy, human resources, marketing operations, and global accounts for Xerox. Burns reports to Xerox Chairman and CEO Anne M. Mulcahy. The company's worldwide sales organizations, Xerox Global Services, and finance and legal teams will continue to report to Mulcahy.
Burns, 48, joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern. She subsequently held positions in product development and planning. From 1992 through 2000, Burns led several business teams including the office color and fax business and office network copying business. In 2000, she was named senior vice president, Corporate Strategic Services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. She was named president of Xerox Business Group Operations in 2002. Burns was appointed an officer of the company in 1997 and named a corporate senior vice president in 2000.
Burns holds a bachelor of science degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. She serves on professional and community boards including American Express and Boston Scientific.
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