W.L. Mellon Speaker: Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns, chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation, presented to Tepper School students and staff on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 as part of the W.L. Mellon Speaker Series.
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Biography

Ursula Burns is chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation. During her tenure, she has helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes.

Ursula joined Xerox as an intern in 1980 and has held leadership posts spanning corporate services, manufacturing and product development. She was named president in 2007, CEO in 2009 and chairman in 2010.

Ursula, 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 Ursula to help lead the White House national program on STEM, and she was appointed chair of the President’s Export Council in 2015 after service as vice chair since 2010. She also provides leadership counsel to several other community, educational and non-profit organizations. 

Ursula 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.