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Trustee: Rosalind Gates Brewer, C'84

Rosalind BrewerGroup President and CEO of the Starbucks Corporation
Effective March 15, 2021: CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.
B.S., Spelman College
Advanced Management Program, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
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, GA

Walgreen Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) has named Rosalind (Roz) Gates Brewer, C'84, as CEO as of March 15, 2021, at which time she will also join the company's board of directors. This is an historic appointment as Brewer will be the first African American female executive to head a Fortune 500 company. WBA, a merger of an American company that operates as the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States and Switzerland-based Alliance Boots, a multinational pharmacy-led health and beauty group.

Start of QuoteBrewer brings to WBA a proven track record of leadership and operational expertise at multi-national corporations, with deep experience in strategic development, marketing, digital transformation and loyalty, innovation and technology, supply chain and store development.The Board conducted an extensive search to identify an exceptional leader who will build on WBA’s End of Quotetrack-record of success and take advantage of the many growth opportunities in many markets across the company," the announcement of her appointment as CEO states.

"We are excited to have found that person in Roz. She is a distinguished and experienced executive who has led organizations globally through periods of changing consumer behavior by applying innovation that elevates customer experiences – ultimately driving significant and sustainable growth and value creation. Her relentless focus on the customer, talent development, operational rigor and strong expertise in digital and technological transformation are exactly what WBA needs as the company enters its next chapter.”

As the current chief operating officer and group president for Starbucks, Brewer leads the company’s operating businesses across the Americas (Canada, U.S. and Latin America), and Starbucks license stores as well as the global functions of marketing, technology, supply chain, product innovation, and store development organizations.

A High-impact Strategist and Global Business Leader

Rosalind BrewerBrewer was appointed to the Starbucks board of directors in March 2017 and will remain on the Seattle company's board until Feb. 16. Prior to joining Starbucks, she served as president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club, the eighth largest U.S. retailer with sales of $57 billion for fiscal year 2016. She joined Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Walmart Inc. in 2012 and made history by becoming the first woman and first African American to lead a Walmart division.

In 2018, Fortune ranked her #33 on its list of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business." During her time at the helm, she led the growth of Sam’s Club by focusing on three core areas: growing membership; transforming merchandise; and amplifying the use of digital technology to enable a seamless shopping experience at scale which led to sequentially improved comp sales.She joined Walmart in 2006 as regional vice president and later became president of Walmart East, where her P&L responsibility exceeded $100 billion.

Prior to Walmart, Brewer was with Kimberly-Clark Corp. for 22 years, starting as a scientist and ultimately serving as president of the Global Non Wovens Sector in 2004.Roz earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Spelman College and attended Wharton’s Advanced Management Program and Stanford University’s Directors’ College.She is a current director of Amazon and a former director of Lockheed Martin and Molson Coors Brewing Company. She also chairs the board of trustees at Spelman.

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 corporate leader, Brewer is the recipient of the Spelman College Legacy of Leadership award. In 2013, 2014 and 2020, 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.

Forbes Magazine Names Rosalind Brewer to its "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" List

Spelman alumna and Board of Trustees Chair Rosalind Brewer, C'84, is #48 on Forbes Magazine's  2020 "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" list. Brewer, a true history maker, is joined on the list by many influential women — including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, United States Vice President Kamala Harris and voting rights advocate and Spelman alumna Stacey Abrams.


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