Ursula M. Burns was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee board of directors and began serving as an independent director in October 2008.
Burns has been chairman of Xerox Corp. since May 2010 and CEO since July 2009 after having served as president of the company’s business group operations, corporate senior vice president and president. Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern, which led to 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 CEO.
From 1992 through 2000, Burns led several business teams, including the office color and fax business, office network copying business and departmental business unit. In May 2000, she was named senior vice president of corporate strategic services and, two years later, assumed the role of president of business group operations.
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 serves on various professional and community boards, including American Express Corp., The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, National Academy Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1980 and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in 1981.