ChIPs 2020 Hall of Fame honoree Ursula Burns is a barrier breaking business executive, CEO and corporate board director.
Burns has extensive international experience of large companies confronting technology change of their industries. In June 2017 she was appointed as Chairman of VEON Ltd. and became Chairman and CEO in December 2018 until June 2020. Burns was the Chairman of the Board of the Xerox Corporation from 2010 to 2017 and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2016.
Burns, who regularly appears on Fortune’s and Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women, is a board director of Exxon Mobil, Nestlé, and Uber. U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Ursula to help lead the White House national program on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) from 2009-2016, and she served as chair of the President’s Export Council from 2015-2016 after service as vice chair 2010-2015.