Friday, May 22, 2009

First Black Woman CEO for a Fortune 500 company

First Black Woman Named as CEO for a Fortune 500 company

I personally want to congratulate Ms. Ursula Burns for earning the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position at Xerox, the pioneer and giant in the photo copier industry. This for me is on the same level as having elected the first Black U.S. President. Black women are too often seen as supporters of leaders in corporate America. Through hard work, Ms. Burns has shattered the glass ceiling that keeps other Black women from acquiring a corporation's top job.

Retiring CEO, Anne Mulcahy had the following praise for Ms. Burns:

"For the better part of the past decade, she has been at my side helping to turn Xerox around," Burns will join the ranks of four other Black CEOs, as well as 15 other women who sit in the CEO chair at Fortune 500 Companies.

I would like for my 12 year old daughter to learn more about women like Ursula Burns, regardless of race, because of the significance it has in building a girls' self-esteem. Additionally, it is always exciting when there is something different and there is a new hero for millions of individuals to look up to and emulate.

Ursula Burns epitomizes the BDPA creed "From the Classroom to the Boardroom".

It is also noteworthy that she did this sporting a natural African American hairstyle!

The global corporate culture can't help but keep changing and I am so glad to witness progress for women CEOs in my lifetime.

Hot Innovating Xerox Product

Xerox Corporation this year launched the world's first high-speed solid ink multifunction printer, which cuts the cost of color pages by up to 62 percent compared to traditional color lasers - without compromising print quality. Utilizing Hybrid Color Plans, customers pay only for the amount of color they use on a given page. For example, an office document with a logo and small graphic will cost the same as if it were printed in black: one penny!

Career Highlights

Company: Xerox

  • Company Assets: $18 Billion

Positions Held

  • Started as an summer Mechanical Engineering Intern in 1980.
  • Named company president in 2007


  • BS in from F Univ
  • Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Columbia.


  • Wife
  • Mother of two
  • Avid Biker



1 comment:

  1. Xerox is becoming the first in many new areas this year with the first black woman CEO and the release of the new solid stick technology. I think Ms. Burns will do an incredible job as CEO of Xerox and and since she has been there since the initial changes, then she will do a superb job managing the company in general. I can't wait to see her plans for the company and having been at the tip for a while already, she will have no problem continuing her job under the official title of CEO.

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