Sophie Vandebroek

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Sophie V. Vandebroek is a Belgian electrical engineer and business executive, who was the Chief Technology Officer of Xerox, and President of Xerox Innovation Group until December 2016.[1] She has been CTO and a corporate vice president of Xerox corporation since 2006.[1] Born in Leuven, she earned a master's degree in electromechanical engineering at KU Leuven University, and moved to the United States in 1986, where she graduated with a PhD in electrical engineering from Cornell University.[2] She first joined the IBM research labs before moving on to Xerox in 1991. She has praised Xerox for "creating a supportive environment for women".[2] Sophie Vandebroek was a director of the board of Analogic Corporation from 2008 to 2016 and has been a director of the board of IDEXX Laboratories since 2013. She has given talks at many conferences, including about cyber security, internet of everything and democratizing energy. She has been a member of the advisory council of the dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2010.

She announced her intention to retire at the end of 2016 when Xerox splits into two companies.[3] Sophie Vandebroek took the Chief Operating Officer role at IBM Research in January 2017.[4] When talking about the future, Vandebroek said that she predicts technology will continue to become more consuming as it increasingly gets embedded into our environment.


She was elected Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Fellow in 2005.

Vandebroek is featured in the Notable Women in Computing cards.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Sophie Vandebroek". Xerox. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b Finance & Development, June 2013. International Monetary Fund. 30 May 2013. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-4843-9594-3.
  3. ^ Sheridan, Jimmy (8 September 2016). "Xerox CTO To Retire Following Company's Split".
  4. ^ "Ex-Xerox CTO Vandebroek Named Chief Operating Officer of IBM Research - Xconomy". 30 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Notable Women in Computing".