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Who Is The Ultimate Business and Technology Game Changer?

First Posted: 10/05/11 11:02 AM ET   Updated: 12/04/11 05:12 AM ET

HuffPost's Game Changers series celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 12 categories who, whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. We salute them for their willingness to take risks and question the status quo.

Below, check out the nominees for HuffPost's 2011 Game Changers in Business and Tech.

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Ursula Burns
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Changed the game by: Identifying a need for change in her company and effectively executing her new vision.

If you still think of the corner copier when you think of Xerox, Ursula Burns would like a word with you. Just months into her CEO tenure, the Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation saw the need for innovation at Xerox and made a $6.4 billion bet to acquire a computer outsourcing and business processing company ACS (Affiliated Computer Services), exponentially expanding the size, scope and focus of Xerox. Now in 2011, approximately 50% of its $23 billion in revenue comes from services in unexpected industries. 50% of all electronic toll collection in the U.S. is processed by Xerox, and the company handles over 1 million call center transactions daily. Her business savvy has taken Xerox in new directions, but Burns remains a company girl at heart. She first joined the global corporation in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern. In April 2007, Burns was named president of Xerox, and then CEO in July 2009, then chairman of the company on May 20, 2010.

Extracurriculars:In 2010, President Obama appointed Burns to be the Vice Chair of the President's Export Council, where she advocated for "more progressive free and fair trade initiatives with an end result that protects and adds more American jobs."

Must-click: Burns discusses the importance of education to foster young scientists and engineers

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