Ursula Burns

Ursula M Burns is the serving chairman and CEO of Xerox, making her the first African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. Rated by Forbes as the 22nd most influential woman in 2014, Ursula Burn’s total earnings in 2013 was around $13 Million.

Rags To Riches Story

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      Ursula Burns was born in September 1958 to a single mother in one of New York’s low-income localities.

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      She and her 2 siblings were raised by her mother, who did laundry work and cleaning for a doctor for financial support.

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      Her Catholic school teachers advised her to pursue a career as a nun or a teacher, but she did not listen to them.

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      She joined Xerox in 1980 as a Summer intern and was hired permanently on completing her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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      Through the 1990s, Ursula Burns worked in multiple product development functions in Xerox.

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      In 1999, Ursula Burns became the vice-president for global manufacturing and progressed to the position of senior vice-president in the next few years.

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      In 2009, she became the CEO of Xerox Corporation, making her the first woman to take over from another female CEO.

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      As CEO, she oversaw her company achieves a revenue of $22.4 Billion in 2012, while her earnings that year touched $13 Million.

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      In addition to Xerox, Ursula Burns has served on multiple company boards, including Exxon Mobil, American Express, and the MIT Corporation.

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      She was also picked by the US President as one of the founding members of a national program aimed at improving STEM-based education in the United States.