Ursula Burns biography and facts

Organization leader from United States of America

Ursula Burns Ursula M. Burns (born September 20, 1958) serves as Madam Chairman (or Chairperson) and CEO of Xerox. She is the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. She is also the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company. In 2009, Forbes rated her the 14th most powerful woman in the world. Burns was raised by a single mother in the Baruch Houses, a New York city housing project. Both of her parents were Panamanian immigrants. She attended Cathedral High School, a Catholic all-girls school on East 56th Street in New York. She then went on to obtain a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU in 1980 and a master of science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University a year later. In 1980, Burns first worked for Xerox as a summer intern, permanently joining a year later, in 1981, after completing her master's degree. She worked in various roles in product development and planning in the remainder of the 1980s throughout her 20s. In January 1990, her career took an unexpected turn when Wayland Hicks, then a senior executive, offered Burns a job as his executive assistant. Initially fearing  ( Wikipedia )


Personal facts

Known as
Ursula M Burns
Date of birth
Place of birth
New York City
United States of America


Company Job title From To
Xerox President, Business Group Operations 2002
Xerox 1980
Xerox Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategic Planning 2000-05
Xerox Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer 1991
Xerox President 2007-04
Xerox President, Document Systems and Solutions Group


Institution From To
Polytechnic Institute of New York 1980
Columbia University 1981
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Cathedral High School

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