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Trustee: Rosalind Gates Brewer, C'84

Rosalind G. BrewerFormer President & CEO, Sam's Club
B.S., Spelman College
Advanced Management Program, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
Graduate, Director's College at the University of Chicago/Stanford School of Law
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2006
Chair of the Board and Chair of the Executive Committee
City of Residence: Atlanta, Georgia 

Spelman Alumna Rosalind Brewer Tops Most Powerful Women ListNEWS: Fortune Magazine Names Rosalind Brewer No. 15 on its 50 Most Powerful Women List

Spelman alumna and Board of Trustees Chair Rosalind Brewer, C'84,  has been named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women by Fortune magazine.

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Rosalind Brewer is president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has revenues of $56 billion and more than 600 locations nationwide. Brewer joined Sam’s Club in February 2012, bringing a wealth of talent to the members-only warehouse operating segment that serves the needs of individual and small-business members.

Brewer 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.

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.” A 1984 graduate of Spelman, Brewer has served on the reunion planning committee and worked with student recruitment and mentoring initiatives. 

Thoughts on why she chose to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees: I chose to serve as a trustee because of the genuine love I have for my alma mater and my personal interest in investing in the education of African-American women.