Xerox Names New CFO and President of its Innovation Group12 Oct, 2005
Xerox Names New CFO and President of its Innovation Group
Xerox Corporation has named Dr. Sophie Vandebroek to the position of Chief Technology Officer and President of the Xerox Innovation Group, effective January 1. Len Parker will succeed Vandebroek as Chief Engineer.
Vandebroek will drive Xerox's long-term research and development strategy and lead one of the world's premiere corporate research and technology organizations. Xerox laboratories have been the breeding ground for breakthrough innovations like the laser printer, copier, and fax and for the industry's broadest array of digital color printers, multifunction devices, and document-intensive workflow solutions.
She succeeds Dr. Herve Gallaire, who will retire at the end of this year after a 13-year career with Xerox.
Vandebroek has been the company's Chief Engineer and Vice President of the Xerox Engineering Center. In her new role, she will oversee the company's worldwide research and technology centers and teams of scientists and engineers with expertise in areas like color marking systems, materials, digital imaging, and document management services. Xerox has generated a portfolio of more than 8,000 active patents, representing technical breakthroughs that strengthen the company's leadership in the document management industry.
As Chief Engineer, a position she assumed in 2002, Vandebroek was responsible for coordinating Xerox's engineering efficiency and effectiveness, a period during which Xerox refreshed more than 95% of its office product line and launched its flagship iGen3 Digital Production Press. Prior to that, she served as Chief Technology Officer at Carrier Corp. From 1991 until 2000, Vandebroek held a number of increasingly responsible roles at Xerox including technical advisor to Xerox's Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. Before joining Xerox, she performed research at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center in Belgium.
Vandebroek, 43, holds nine patents and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation. A native of Leuven, Belgium, Vandebroek earned a Master's Degree in Electro-mechanical Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering specializing in microelectronics from Cornell University in Ithaca.
Parker, 52, will succeed Vandebroek as Vice President of the Xerox Engineering Center, effective January 1. Parker will be responsible for Xerox's platform planning and product delivery effectiveness, providing the tools, processes, and engineering competencies to ensure the continued development of the industry's leading global products and solutions. He will also oversee Xerox's Intellectual Property Organization and the company's DocuShare software business.
Parker is currently the Chief Technology Officer of the Production Systems Group. He joined Xerox in 1980 as an electro-optical laser engineer and has held several senior engineering and product management roles, including Vice President of Controller Platform & Customer Operations for office laser printers, Vice President and General Manager of the Office Systems Group, and Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of the company's Document Systems & Solutions Group.
He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a Master's Degree in Printing Technology and a B.S. Degree in Imaging Science.
Gallaire has led Xerox's research and technology organization since 1999. Prior to that, he was Director of the Xerox Research Centre Europe in Grenoble, France.
Gallaire joined Xerox in 1992 with credentials in industry, government, and academia. He headed the department of mathematics and computer science at l'Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace in France from 1970 to 1980, and he created several private and public research laboratories in France and Germany.