Black History Highlight – Rosalind Brewer


Rosalind Brewer born in Detroit, MI. She is the Group President and Chief Operating Officer of Starbucks Corporation. She is the first woman COO of the company and the first African American to hold the position. As group president and chief operating officer, Brewer leads the company’s operating businesses across the Americas (Canada, U.S. and Latin America), as well as the global functions of supply chain, product innovation, and store development organizations. Brewer is the former President and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She has more than 30 years of management experience and more than 10 years of experience leading multi-national retailers.

When Brewer joined Sam’s Club in 2012, she brought a wealth of talent to the members-only warehouse operating segment responsible for serving the needs of individual and small-business members. She joined Wal-Mart in 2006 as regional vice president responsible for overseeing operations in Georgia. She became division president of the Southeast and later president of Wal-Mart East. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Brewer worked for 22 years at Kimberly-Clark Corp. where she started as a scientist and eventually becoming president of the Global Nonwovens Sector in 2004. 

She’s a graduate of Spelman College and the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, Brewer has served as a high-impact strategist with experience spanning global manufacturing operations, research and development, marketing and strategic business unit leadership. She has focused relentlessly on revenue growth and customer satisfaction and has extensive expertise in turn-around assignments. Brewer is also known for building strong teams, inspiring mentoring networks and having a passion for improving communities.

A savvy business strategist and corporate leader, Brewer sits on the board of Lockheed Martin Corp. and is the recipient of the Spelman College Legacy of Leadership award. In 2013 and 2014, she was named one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes; and in 2010 and 2011, Fortune magazine named her one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” 

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