Alumna Burns Heads Xerox
Ursula Burns MS’82 will succeed Anne M. Mulcahy as CEO of Xerox. According to the company, Mulcahy will retire as CEO effective July 1, and Burns, currently president of the company, will succeed her. Burns will become the first African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company.
Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern. A graduate of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, she received her MS in mechanical engineering from SEAS in 1982. From 1992 through 2000, Burns led business teams, including the office color and fax business and office network printing business.
She was named senior vice president, Corporate Strategic Services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations in 2000. She then took the helm of Xerox's global research, product development, marketing and delivery and, in 2007, was named president of Xerox. As such, she expanded her leadership to include the company's IT, corporate strategy, human resources, corporate marketing and global accounts.