Rosalind G. Brewer is an American businesswoman who is the COO of Starbucks and the former President and CEO of Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. On Jan. 6, 2017, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that she will retire from the role effective Feb. 1, 2017 and will be replaced by John Furner. She is the first woman and the first African-American to fill the role of CEO at one of Wal-Mart Stores' divisions. As of 2016, she is listed as the 57th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Early life and education
Brewer, a Detroit native, attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit. She completed her undergraduate education at Spelman College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry. She is a graduate of the Director’s College at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business/Stanford Law School, and she also attended an advanced management program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Brewer’s career with Walmart began in 2006 with her position as regional vice president over operations in Georgia. From there, she became the division president of Walmart’s Southeast market, then president of Walmart East. In 2012, Brewer was named President and CEO of Sam’s Club, becoming the first African American to lead a Walmart division. She has focused on health and wellness by doubling the amount of organic products offered at Sam's Clubs.
Brewer formerly served on the board of directors for Lockheed Martin Corporation, and is chair of the board of trustees for Spelman. On February 1, 2017 Brewer was nominated for the Starbucks Board of Directors, and was named as COO in September of that year. Brewer formerly served as a director of Molson Coors Brewing Co.
Brewer is married with two children.
In 2013, Brewer was named one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes. The magazine also named her among the Most Powerful Black Women of 2013. Additionally, Working Mother named her one of the Most Powerful Working Moms of 2013. She has been honored by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. As of 2014, she is listed as the 64th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Fortune 500's Most Powerful Women List of September 15, 2015 issue ranked Brewer 15th. In 2016 she ranked 19th on Fortune's annual ranking.
Brewer received the Spelman College Legacy of Leadership award.
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