Kevin Warren, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Xerox Canada, also made the list at number 27. Warren began his career in 1984 as a sales trainee in Washington, D.C., before taking on his current position in late 2007.
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Iranian-born, Mahabadi joined Xerox in 1981 with a Ph.D. in the field of polymer engineering from the University of Waterloo, and has since generated over 70 patents in materials science. He became vice president and centre director for the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in 2004.
At XRCC, Mahabadi leads Xerox materials research and development which results in around 130 patentable ideas and commercialization of several technologies every year. Recent innovations ranging from advances in Emulsion Aggregation toner and organic materials for the commercialization of erasable paper, to the next generation of solid ink that has led to the invention of world class products have generated significant value for Xerox. Mahabadi is a well known R&D leader in Canada and around the world. He is a fellow and member of the board of several national and international scientific societies and organizations, such as the Chemical Institute of Canada, where he currently serves as vice-chair and the Plastics Electronics Foundation, of which he is vice-president. Mahabadi has been involved in various aspects of managing innovation and science and technology commercialization in Canada through serving on national and regional taskforces.