Sophie V. Vandebroek  Sophie V. Vandebroek photo         

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Chief Operating Officer, IBM Research
Cambridge Lab, MA and T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  Fellow, IEEE  |  Women in Technology International (WITI)



I love to explore, incubate and develop innovative concepts from fundamental research to powerful client offerings. Having the privilege to collaborate with diverse, creative and entrepreneurial colleagues, partners and customers from around the globe and to co-create with users solutions that make a positive difference to millions of people is extremely rewarding and fun.


- As Xerox Chief Technology Officer for over 10 years, I led the company’s technology transformation from printing and copying towards a leadership position in solutions and services for the printing, healthcare, transportation, education, customer care, retail and other industries.

- Non-executive Public Company Director and Digital Technology Expert with significant experience serving on nomination/governance, compensation, finance and technology board committees.

- Authority in applying state-of-the-art technologies, including ethnography, materials, hardware systems, analytics, automation and cognitive computing - among others - to create differentiated products and services.

- For almost a decade I was the sole Director of PARC Inc., a premier source for innovation, scientific research and advanced technology for global companies as well as the government.

- Inventor with 14 US patents, Fellow IEEE, and Advisor to the Dean of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

- Effective creator of diverse and inclusive global organizations where innovation thrives. I am honored to recently receive the "Inaugural Award of Distinction: Lifetime Diversity Leadership Recognition" from the Xerox Employee Resource/Caucus Groups.

Video: Diversity Leadership Recognition acceptance speech