Valerie Mason Cunningham a diplomatic, dedicated and respected Business Leader recognized for leading and inspiring people to deliver excellence. A high-level strategic thinker with an impressive track record of fueling revenue and profit growth, boosting market share, and guiding businesses and organizations to their next level of success. Excels at bringing visions to fruition, navigating tough business challenges, assessing and mitigating risk, and shepherding through significant transformation. She is a change champion and long-term value driver who leverages global business acumen in operations, marketing, sales, communications, and finance to deliver exceptional results for large enterprise, small, and midsize businesses. She promotes communication, goal-sharing, and idea-generation with team members to ensure alignment and high levels of productivity achievement.
She exhibits her executive presence and leadership gravitas critical to engaging people, building consensus, collaborating with colleagues, and cultivating beneficial relationships. Exceptional presenter, speaker, facilitator,coach, and influencer with 25+ years working hand in glove with CXOs to plan enterprise-level strategies, identify and capitalize on opportunities, and expand operational capabilities. Recognized for strong work ethic, integrity, authenticity, a passion helping others succeed, being results oriented, and a high degree of personal initiative. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma green belt skilled in problem resolution to drive improved business results and organization design.
Valerie recently retired from a very successful career at Xerox Corporation after 38 years of progressive leadership and management experiences. Prior to her departure she held the Vice President of Channel Marketing for North America Operations. Before this appointment, she held the Industry Vice President, Healthcare-US Enterprise Operations. She was named Senior Vice President, Sales and Client Services-US Client and Delivery Operations, January 2012. In July 2011, she was appointed, Vice President and Business Transformation Executive of the United States Client Operations Group working directly with the President and Corporate Officer of this Business Unit.
She began her Xerox career in June 1980 as a sales trainee in Long Island, NY. Assumed increasingly responsible roles in sales, sales management, marketing, and operational positions, both domestic and globally. Included were Director Key Account Operations, District Manager Sales-NY Operations; Vice President and General Manager Document Production Systems group Xerox Canada, Ltd.; Vice President Worldwide Marketing Support Operations Production Systems Group; Vice President Sales and Marketing Operations General Markets Group; Vice President Operations and Business Development Emerging Markets Customer Operations Group (Russia, China, Hong Kong and India), Vice President Corporate Marketing Services and Vice President US House Account Operations.
Valerie served as a board member on the University of Connecticut – Stamford location Business School Advisory Board, served on the Vendor Advisory Council for CompTIA. She proudly serves currently as the Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Volunteer New York!, a member of the Westchester County RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), a Broad of Trustee member of Mercy College, and is a member of the executive committee for the Friends of URI (Urban Resource Institute) focused on Domestic Violence.
Valerie began her higher education journey at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA as a computer science major. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business management and marketing communications, with a concentration in computer science from the State University of New York College at Old Westbury. She has received several business and community awards including the Women’s Executive Achievement and Community Service Award from the YWCA Greenwich CT. A speaker at many leadership forums- most recently at the Alexander Group-Executive Forum. She is a mentor, executive business coach and a certified iPEC ELI-MP (energy leadership index master practitioner) coach; and advisor to many. Valerie is a graduate of the Volunteer New York! signature program, Leadership Westchester (LW) Class of 2018 and serves as a member of the LW Alumni Association. Her mission is to share her experiences with unwavering passion to help lift and inspire others to aspire for their personal excellence. Making it a transforming experience to take pride in. She currently resides in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and son.