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Trustee: Rosalind Gates Brewer, C'84

Rosalind Brewer 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) named Brewer CEO, effective as of March 15, 2021, at which time she also joined the company's board of directors. This is an historic appointment as Brewer became only the second Black female CEO to head a Fortune 500 company on a permanent basis.

WBA is 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. Formerly chief operating officer and group president for Starbucks, Brewer lead the company’s operating businesses across the Americas (Canada, U.S. and Latin America), Starbucks license stores and the global functions of marketing, technology, supply chain, product innovation, and store development organizations. Brewer was also a member of the Starbucks board of directors. 

Prior to Starbucks, she was president and CEO of Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Walmart Inc., and made history by becoming the first woman and first African American to lead a Walmart division. In 2013, 2014 and 2020, she was named one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes Magazine. 

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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