If the future is paperless, don’t tell Ursula Burns. Since 2010 she has served as Xerox CEO, managing to return a company once only known for paper copies to a viable and profitable business. Burns is the first African-American woman to lead an S&P 500 company. In 2015 she helped generate $18 billion in revenue, with adjusted earnings per share of 98 cents, all down slightly from a year earlier. After six years as Xerox CEO, she will be stepping down after the company splits into two public companies: a $7 billion business process outsourcing company in a tax-free structure, and an $11 billion document technology company for which Burns was named CEO — although at press time, it was breaking that she may retire from the company as of the 2017 shareholders’ meeting.
Successful Black Women: Ursula Burns