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Dr. Vandebroek is responsible for Xerox’s global research labs with a mission to create high-impact innovations that drive profitable revenue growth. The labs are located in Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S., and include the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC Inc.) that provides custom R&D services.
In previous Xerox roles she served as Xerox’s chief engineer, vice president of the Xerox Engineering Center, technical advisor to Xerox's chief operating officer and director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada.
Dr. Vandebroek is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation. She holds 14 U.S. patents. Dr. Vandebroek has received awards from Xerox, IBM, HP, Monsanto, the Belgium National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation, IEEE and Cornell University. Dr. Vandebroek was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, elected into the Royal Flemish Academy for Arts & Sciences, and received an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University.
Dr. Vandebroek is a member of the board of directors of IDEXX Laboratories (IDXX) and of Analogic Corporation (ALOG). She serves on the advisory council of the dean of Engineering at the Massachussets Institute of Technology.
Dr. Vandebroek was born in Belgium where she earned a master's degree in electro-mechanical engineering from KU Leuven. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
In the News
Data Quest, "Xerox: Moving beyond a 2 Rupee copy”, 2014 March 3
India’s leading technology trade publication interviews Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek on the transition of Xerox to a services company.
Business Today, “Bangalore is the fastest growing research lab we have”, 2014 February 26
Features Q&A with Sophie Vandebroek
SmartPlanet.com, “Innovator Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox Corporation”, 2013 November 25
Interview with Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek discussing her life, Xerox history and the company’s move away from printing into other business areas.
The Washington Post (slideshow), “16 women who deserve a spot on the board of directors of a tech company”, 16 Oct. 2013
A feature spotlighting that would do an exceptional job on the board of Twitter and other tech companies.
Bloomberg (video), “Xerox CTO Vandebroek on outlook”, 17 June 2013
Vandebroek talks about the outlook for the company and its transformation from being print focused to an IT service organization.
The Hindu Business Line, “Future of managed print services is helping people go digital”, 8 Feb. 2013
In a Q&A Vandebroek discusses the company’s strategy shift, how it is looking for a different kind of Indian talent and the way the company shaping up to drive innovation.
“Lessons from Xerox’s CTO Sophie Vandebroek”, ASME.org, April 2013
Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek talks on inspiring many other women to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math careers and challenging them to make a difference in the world.
“Innovation powers our business", Dataquest, 12 April 2013
In an interview with Dataquest Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek discusses key trends in document management outsourcing, the print business, Xerox's emphasis on R&D/innovation, the market shift to digital and how Xerox is empowering its clients in different ways.
Women in IT: How deep is the bench?, Computerworld, 19 Nov. 2012
Story on women in IT features comment from Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek and Xerox Interaction Designer Zara Langford
What's next from the people who invented the PC?, CNET, 4 Nov. 2012
CNET profiles PARC’s history in staying ahead of the innovation game and features a video interview with Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek.
EmTech: Has Xerox learned how to bring its research to market?, MIT Technology Review, 25 Oct. 2012
Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek discusses the company's efforts to commercialize its innovations.
Finding the Secret to R&D that Produces Innovation, The Atlantic, 8 May 2012
CTO Profile, A Field Guide To Female Founders, Influencers & Deal Makers, 2012 March 19
Xerox spends $1.8 b on new ideas every year: Vandebroek, The Economic Times, 2010 July 1
Sustainable innovation at Xerox, The Economic Times, Power of Ideas, 2010
Bloomberg Link Next Big Thing Summit
June 17, 2013: Sophie talks about the outlook for the company and its transformation from being print focused to an IT service organization. She speaks with Bloomberg's Emily Chang at the event in Half Moon Bay, California.
Atlantic Magazine’s Innovation Summit May 8 in Washington, D.C.