Forbes Names Rosalind Brewer Among World's Most Powerful Women 2014
Spelman alumna and Board Chair Rosalind Brewer, C'84, has been named one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2014 by Forbes magazine. The magazine also named her among the Most Powerful Black Women of 2014.
One of 12 African-American women featured, Brewer joins media mogul Oprah Winfrey, executive director of the World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, and other women who have established themselves as leaders in media, politics, philanthropy and business.
The annual ranking is the definitive guide to the female icons and ground-breakers in business, entertainment, politics, diplomacy and philanthropy who possess the greatest impact on the world stage.
Brewer is president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a members-only warehouse club channel with revenues of $56 billion for fiscal year 2013, 110,000 associates and 620 clubs. Brewer joined Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart), in 2012.
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
Rosalind Brewer is president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., with 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 Walmart in 2006 as Regional Vice President, overseeing operations in Georgia. From 2007 to January 2012, she was Division President of the Southeast. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President and President of Walmart East which encompasses nearly 1,600 stores in six regions – spanning from Maine to Puerto Rico – generates $110 billion in revenue, and includes more than 500,000 associates.
Prior to Walmart, she held leadership positions in various marketing, sales, and product development organizations within Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Brewer is the recipient of the Spelman College Legacy of Leadership award and was honored by Fortune Magazine in 2010 and 2011 as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Lockheed Martin Corp.
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.