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Xerox names Ursula Burns chairman of Document Technology

Staff writer | Norwalk, Conn., USA | May 23, 2016
Ursula BurnsMay 23, 2016, Norwalk, Conn., USA - Xerox announced that Ursula Burns will serve as chairman of the board of the Document Technology company following the completion of the separation of Xerox into two independent, publicly-traded companies.
Ms. Burns will continue in her current role as chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox until the separation. Ms. Burns joined Xerox as an intern in 1980 and during her career she has held leadership posts spanning corporate services, manufacturing and product development. She was named president in 2007, chief executive officer in 2009 and chairman in 2010.

Shortly after being named CEO in 2009, she spearheaded the largest acquisition in Xerox history, the purchase of Affiliated Computer Services. Ms. Burns, who regularly appears on Fortune’s and Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women, is a board director of the American Express Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation and the Ford Foundation.

In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed her to help lead the White House national program on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and she was appointed chair of the President’s Export Council in 2015 after service as vice chair since 2010.

Ms. Burns holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.