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Xerox’s Remarkable Woman to Woman Leadership Succession

Anne Mulcahy and Ursala Burns

Last month Xerox announced a remarkable leadership transition underway.

After a 33 year career at the global document management company including eight very challenging and successful years as CEO, Anne Mulcahy (56), will be passing the helm to Ursala Burns (50), a 30 year company veteran and the current president.

Not only is this a groundbreaking woman to woman leadership transition, but Burns will also be the first black female CEO to run a large publicly traded company.

Congratulations are in order to Mulcahy, Burns and Xerox in blazing the trail and making American corporate leadership history!

At Xerox, a Transition for the Record Books – New York Times May 21, 2009

Xerox Succession a ‘Model’ Case – Wall Street Journal May 21, 2009 (free content)

Ursula Burns: An Historic Succession at Xerox – BusinessWeek Cover Story May 28, 2009

About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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