EVENTS & CONFERENCES

  • 115th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards Gala Dinner

    September 09 2010, 01:00 - 01:00
    Location: Intercontinental Hotel

    This year AmCham was proud to be honoring Ms. Ursula Burns with the Medal of Honor. The 115th annual Benjamin Franklin Awards dinner was held on September 9, 2010 at the InterContinental Hotel.  

    The Benjamin Franklin Dinner, named after America's first diplomat, began in 1895 as an annual gala event. In 1928 AmCham started awarding a Medal of Honor at the dinners to those who had been particularly supportive of its mission to promote trans-Atlantic economic relations. Among the recipients have been French Presidents Paul Doumer and Albert Lebrun, Ambassadors Charles Bohlen, Pamela Harriman and Felix Rohatyn, and the CEOs of prominent companies such as American Express, General Electric, Axa, Eurodisney, IBM France, J.P. Morgan, France Telecom, Ford Motors, and United Technologies.
    Ursula M. Burns is chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation. Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern and later assumed roles in product development and planning. From 1992 through 2000, Burns led several business teams including the office color and fax business and office network printing business. In 2000, she was named senior vice president, Corporate Strategic Services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. She then took on the broader role of leading Xerox's global research as well as product development, marketing and delivery. In April 2007, Burns was named president of Xerox, expanding her leadership to also include the company's IT organization, corporate strategy, human resources, corporate marketing and global accounts. At that time, she was also elected a member of the company's Board of Directors. Burns was named chief executive officer in July 2009 and assumed the role of chairman of the company on May 20, 2010.
     Burns earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.
     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,  University of Rochester, 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.