One of only a few women leading Fortune 500 companies, Mulcahy started at Xerox as a sales representative more than 30 years ago. She moved through the ranks to leadership roles in sales, human resources, customer operations, and then to the highest levels of management.
"Anne Mulcahy's accomplishments as the leader of Xerox are remarkable. We are honored that she will present the College Commencement address," said University President Joel Seligman. "Her personal successes at a company founded in Rochester—and one that has transformed the way business operates—makes her presence an exceptional occasion for the University."
In August 2001, Mulcahy was named CEO of the company, and in January 2002 she became chairman. Her numerous awards include the magazine Barron's World's Best CEO (2006), and being named to the Time 100—The People Who Shape Our World (2006), Forbes magazine's Most Powerful Women list (2005, 2006), and Best Practice Institute's World 25 Top CEOs List (2006).
Her experiences at Xerox have been extensive. By the early 1990s, Mulcahy was vice president for human resources, and moved from there to vice president and staff officer for customer operations in South America and Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
She became chief staff officer in 1997 and corporate senior vice president in 1998. After leading Xerox's general markets operations, she was president and chief operating officer of Xerox from May 2000 through July 2001.
Mulcahy earned a degree in English and journalism from Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. In addition to the Xerox board, she is a board director of Catalyst, Citigroup, Target Corp., and the Washington Post Co., and is the chairman of the corporate governance task force of the Business Roundtable.