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Xerox names Joanne Collins Smee chief commercial officer

Xerox has appointed Joanne Collins Smee as chief commercial officer and a member of the company’s executive committee.

Ms. Smee joins Xerox from the U.S. Federal Government, where she was leading Technology Transformation Services, overseeing technology and process design teams focused on transforming the way federal government agencies build, buy and use technology. Prior to that, she worked at IBM in a variety of global executive roles, including client sales, support and delivery of technical products and services.

Ms. Smee will be responsible for sales excellence, channel strategy, order to cash and technology, services, software, and future solutions offerings, the company said in a statement.

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