Xerox Corporation has named Dr. Sophie Vandebroek to the position of chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group, effective Jan. 1, 2006. Len Parker will succeed Vandebroek as chief engineer.
Vandebroek will drive Xerox's long-term research and development strategy and lead the corporate research and technology organization. Xerox laboratories have been the breeding ground for innovations like the laser printer, copier and fax and for the industry's 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 percent of its office product line and launched its flagship iGen3(R) Digital Production Press.
Vandebroek 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.
Parker will succeed Vandebroek as vice president of the Xerox Engineering Center. 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.
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