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Sophie Vandebroek
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November 16, 2015: Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox and President of the Xerox Innovation Group

Among other topics, Sophie discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • Her roles as Chief Technology Officer of Xerox and as President of the Xerox Innovation Group
  • The creation of strategy and interaction with customers that the team focuses on
  • “Dreaming” sessions and the process of innovation at Xerox
  • What skills are growing in demand at Xerox
  • How the innovation and creative idea creation process are linked with the idea of fun
  • Xerox’s path ahead to bringing more female talent into the technical ranks of the organization
  • PARC (the Palo Alto Research Center) and its influence on the greater Xerox organization

Sophie Vandebroek’s Biography

Sophie Vandebroek is the Chief Technology Officer of Xerox Corporation and the President of the Xerox Innovation Group.  In those roles, Sophie is responsible for Xerox’s global research labs with the mission of creating high-impact innovations to drive profitable revenue growth.

In previous roles at Xerox, Sophie has also served as Chief Engineer, VP of the Xerox Engineering Center, technical advisor to Xerox’s Chief Operating Officer, and Director of the Xerox Research Center of Canada.

In addition to her work at Xerox, Sophie also holds board membership positions at IDEXX Laboratories, a diagnostic and information solutions provider for health and water quality, and Analogic, a medical imaging and aviation security organization.  She is also a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and serves on the advisory council of the dean of Engineering at MIT.

Sophie earned her master’s degree in electro-mechanical engineering from the University of Leuven in Belgium, and earned her Ph.D in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

 

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