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, 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. In this role, she had responsibility for providing the marketing and communications strategy, coverage transformation, content, resources and proper platforms and tools that enabled channel partners success. Marketing and selling Xerox products, services, software and business solutions-including managed print and content management services. Before this appointment, she held the Industry Vice President, Healthcare in Xerox Large Enterprise Operations. With responsibilities of driving market share, revenue and profit growth across the entire portfolio of services and technology and setting up strategic alliances and partnerships.
Valerie was named Senior Vice President, Sales and Client Services Operations, in January 2012. She was responsible for implementing a new go-to-market strategy while successfully delivering revenue and profit growth across all industries and developing high performance work teams. In July 2011, she was named, Vice President and Business Transformation Executive of the United States Customer Operations Group. In this role she had oversight and accountability to drive the effective execution for the business strategy, go-to-market coverage, executive and customer communications, and change management initiatives for the services led-technology driven business model.
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 Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Volunteer New York! and is a member of the Friends of URI (Urban Resource Institute).
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 marketing and business management, 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 recent graduate of Leadership Westchester with her mission to share her experiences with unwavering passion to help lift and inspire others to strive for their personal excellence. Making it a transforming experience. She currently resides in Westchester County with her husband and son.