The geek mystique: 10 leading women in tech

These leaders didn't just rely on business acumen to climb the corporate ranks -- they also have serious tech chops

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Ursula Burns


Ursula Burns secured the position of CEO at Xerox in 2009 and chairwoman of the company in 2010. She's the first African-American woman to head a Fortune 500 company.

Burns started her career at Xerox as a mechanical engineering summer intern, then went on to hold several engineering positions. From 1992 through 2000, she led several business teams, including the office color and fax business, office network copying business, and the departmental business unit. From there, she landed the role of senior VP of corporate strategic services, then president of Xerox's business group operations in 2002. Come spring of 2007, she secured the position of president of the company. She holds a bachelor's from Polytechnic Institute of New York and a master's in mechanical engineering.

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