Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation
In addition to the Xerox board, she is a board director of the American Express Corporation. Burns also provides leadership counsel to community, educational and non-profit organizations including FIRST – (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), National Academy Foundation, MIT, and the U.S. Olympic Committee, among others. Burns was named by President Barack Obama to help lead the White House national program on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in November 2009 and was appointed vice chair of the President’s Export Council in March 2010.
Burns was born Sept. 20, 1958, in New York.
Statement on Public-Private R&D Partnerships
I’d like to share a specific example of a collaboration where U.S. government support catalyzed PARC’s strategic relationships with an innovative startup, allowing PARC to apply capabilities originally developed for Xerox to key challenges in innovation.
Recently, PARC partnered with SolFocus, Inc., a solar concentrator startup that was incubated at PARC where it grew to 50+ employees and began its first commercial deployments. Based on its in-depth and longstanding work for Xerox in optics for laser printers, PARC was able to provide breakthrough, manufacturing-friendly optical design concepts to SolFocus. However, the ability to achieve the necessary cost and reliability performance for the SolFocus systems would not have been possible without the U.S. government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Throughout SolFocus’ development phase at PARC, NREL provided expert guidance in solar cell performance and efficiency, as well as early reliability testing of the critical mirror and packaging approaches. These inputs from NREL were vital to insure that the products would have the necessary performance and lifespan once deployed in the field.
Effective partnerships like these are the only way clean energy technology can become a widespread reality.