Award-Winning Xerox Senior Leaders: Take a Bow

From innovation to thought leadership, technology and more, Xerox and its executives are receiving recognition for their achievements. Bravo!  

By Sherry M. Adler, Xerox contributor

Senior leaders at Xerox are winning awards for their accomplishments. Concurrently, the company has received accolades of its own. Here’s a look at some of the awards we’ve picked up in the past few months.

Savoy: 2014 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ursula Burns
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ursula Burns

The “Savoy Top 100” is a who’s who of the most influential African American executives in corporate America. The publisher says: “Savoy is honored to feature such a powerful collection of inspirational leaders reaching new heights of achievement in business.” And Xerox is honored to have two executives on it: Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns, and Kevin Warren, president of Strategic Growth Initiatives.

Selection is a robust process. Those listed have a record of exemplary business accomplishments. They also strive to better their community and inspire others.

Front End of Innovation: Celebrating Women in Innovation: 40 for 2014

According to the Front End of Innovation (FEI) blog, “March is Women’s History Month and this year at FEI we are not only championing innovation but also celebrating women in innovation.” In line with this theme, FEI compiled the top “40 Women in Innovation.” It chose two Xerox senior leaders for this distinction:

Chief Technology Officer Sophie Vandebroek
Chief Technology Officer Sophie Vandebroek

Sophie Vandebroek ranks No. 5 on the list. Chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group, she oversees our research in Asia, Canada, Europe and the U.S. She also holds 14 U.S. patents.

Denise Fletcher is close by in the No. 14 slot. Chief innovation officer, Healthcare Payer & Pharma, Xerox Commercial Solutions, she is responsible for achieving annual group innovation revenue targets. Her role also entails thought leadership, customer innovation as well as taking innovation through a robust R&D pipeline. At this time, Denise has six patents pending in healthcare.

Connected World: 2014 Women of M2M

Sophie also made Connected World magazine’s “Women of M2M” (Machine to Machine) list. This honor roll of 42 professionals salutes women at the top of the technology industry. From the publication: “These women were selected because they each brought a unique lens to their respective companies that has helped push connected technologies forward.”

Institutional Investor: Inaugural Thought Leadership Award

Institutional Investor wanted to honor “the most outstanding and innovative corporate plan sponsors in North America.” So it asked its Investor Intelligence Network and other asset managers to submit names. From the feedback received, it created a ballot for the Network to cast votes. Next: “And the winner is Carol McFate, chief investment officer at Xerox.” When she heard her name, Carol said she “had to think fast of what to say.” She did. After all, it was the award for “Thought Leadership.”

National Law Journal: America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel

General Counsel Don Liu
General Counsel Don Liu

Which lawyers run exemplary in-house legal departments? National Law Journal concluded Don Liu, Xerox general counsel, was one. He received mention for his contributions in innovation and diversity. For instance, after Xerox merged with Affiliated Computer Services, he fused practice groups and technology systems, crafted a legal training program and imposed the company code of conduct worldwide. A “people person,” Don exceeded the Xerox Inclusion Initiative to work with diverse law firms.

6th Annual Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media

Competition was fierce ─ 250 submissions from 37 countries. Xerox got the Gold award for the “Business Made Simple” integrated print, digital and social media content program with This custom program was recognized for its strategic and inventive approach in shifting brand perception. Presenting Xerox as a thought leader, it showcased more than 100 pieces of video and written editorial content in customer care, human resources services and public transportation.

Brand Innovators ‘Top 50’ Women in Brand Marketing Awards

Implementing a best of breed marketing campaign (like the above Business Made Simple program with means that you actively embrace and effectively deploy both traditional and emerging media to delivery effective brand communications programs. That’s why Barbara Basney, vice president of Global Advertising and Media, has been named on the Brand Innovators list of the 2014 ‘Top 50’ Women in Brand Marketing Awards.


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