Ursula Burns (b. 1958) is currently the Chairwoman of Xerox,
and served as its CEO from 2009 to 2016. She was the first African-American
woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
The daughter of
immigrants from Panama, she obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from
Columbia University. She began working for Xerox as an intern in 1980, and rose
through the ranks until she became the company’s CEO. She is also a founding
board director of Change the Equation, concerned with improving the American
education system in STEM fields.