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Xerox Senior Vice President John Laing Named To Clarkson University Board Of Trustees

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POTSDAM, N.Y. – Xerox Senior Vice President John R. Laing of Rochester has been elected to the Clarkson University Board of Trustees.

Laing has been senior vice president of the Supplies Delivery Unit within Xerox Corporation’s Document Systems & Solutions Group since January 1998. He is responsible for the multinational design, development, manufacturing and sourcing of toner, developer, photoreceptor, print cartridges and fuser products.laing

Laing joined Xerox in 1977 following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester Chemistry Department. He started his career at Xerox in the technology group designing toner materials. Since then he has held a variety of management positions, including manager, Webster New Toner Plant; manager, Materials Technology and Concepts Area; Strategy Office manager for toner, developer and inks business; and most recently, vice president, New Toner/Developer Product Delivery Sector. In 1988 he won the Xerox President's Achievement Award.

Laing was born in 1946, in Orillia, Ontario. He received his B.S. degree in math and chemistry from the University of Toronto, a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Chicago, and most recently obtained his MBA as part of the Executive Development Program at the University of Rochester’s Simon School. He has issued 19 scientific publications and been awarded 13 U.S. patents.

Laing has been active in the Rochester Youth Hockey Organization since 1991; has served as a co-chair for the American Heart Association annual charity ball; and was board chairman for the Arnett YMCA. He presently serves on the Stewardship Council of Rochester 2010, the Renaissance, and on the Corporation Associates Council of the American Chemical Society.

Laing resides in Rochester with his wife, Kathleen King, and their two teen-age children.

Clarkson University, founded in 1896, is an independent technological university in Potsdam, New York, offering majors in the sciences, engineering, liberal arts, health sciences and business. At Clarkson 2,600 undergraduates and 350 graduate students learn in an academically rigorous, collaborative culture that emphasizes hands-on team projects and real-world multidisciplinary challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. As a result, Clarkson has earned a reputation for developing innovative leaders in technology-based fields. For more information, visit

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