Ursula M. Burns serves on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a founding partner of Integrum Holdings, and chairman of the board of Teneo Holdings LLC, and Plum Acquisition Corp. She is former chairman and CEO of Veon, Ltd. and of Xerox Corporation.
She began her career at Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineer intern, and through the years assumed many positions that led her to become the first Black woman to head a Fortune 500 company. She was CEO of Xerox from 2009 to 2016 and board chair from 2010 to 2017. President Barack Obama appointed her to the President’s Export Council which she chaired from 2015 - 2016 after service as Vice Chair from 2010 - 2015.
Burns is a board member of Exxon Mobil, Uber Technologies, Inc., and Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc. She serves on several private company boards, including Waystar, IHS Towers, and Hear.com, while also providing leadership counsel to several community, educational and non-profit organizations including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation, Cornell Tech Board of Overseers, the New York City Ballet, and the Mayo Clinic. She is a founding board director of Change the Equation, which focuses on improving the US education system in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Burns is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering and the G7 Gender Equity Advisory Council.
Burns earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.