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Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, today announced the appointment of Ursula Burns as Chairwoman, effective immediately. Ms. Burns has served as a Senior Advisor to Teneo since 2017 and was previously a client of the firm.

In her role as Chairwoman, Ursula will work closely with Teneo CEO Paul Keary and members of the firm’s senior management team to support Teneo’s next phase of growth around the world.

Ursula most recently served as CEO and Chairwoman of VEON Ltd, a global telecom company. From 2010 to 2017, she was the Chairwoman of the Board of the Xerox Corporation, Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2016 and President from 2007 to 2009. Ursula was the first African American female chief executive of a Fortune 500 Company. She is a Director of several leading public companies and also serves on non-profit and private company boards.

“We are very pleased to have Ursula taking on an expanded role with Teneo at this important time for the firm,” Paul Keary said. “Ursula is an exceptional leader with deep expertise and experience that will be extremely valuable to both our clients and our 1,250 professionals around the world.”

Ms. Burns said: “I am honored to be appointed as Chairwoman of Teneo and look forward to working in close partnership with Paul and many members of the senior leadership team as the firm enters its next phase. I have worked for many years with Teneo both as a client at Xerox and VEON, as well as recently as a Senior Advisor. The firm’s people are among the best advisors in the world, providing a unique combination of services not available at other firms. I have a deep understanding of the business, the needs of its clients, and a sincere appreciation for all the great Teneo professionals around the world. As Chairwoman, I intend to focus on advising and growing Teneo’s clients, as well as continuing to build a world-class firm culture.”


Teneo is the global CEO advisory firm. Working with the CEOs and senior executives of the world’s leading companies, Teneo provides strategic counsel across their full range of key objectives and issues. Teneo’s clients include a significant number of the Fortune 100 and FTSE 100, as well as other corporations, financial institutions and organizations.

Integrating the disciplines of strategic communications, investor relations, restructuring, management consulting, physical & cyber risk, financial advisory, corporate governance advisory, ESG, DE&I, political & policy risk, and talent advisory, Teneo solves for the most complex business challenges and opportunities.

The Firm has more than 1,250 employees located in over 33 offices around the world. For more information about Teneo, please visit