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Trustee: Rosalind Gates Brewer, C'84

Rosalind BrewerGroup President & Chief Operating Officer, Starbucks Corporation
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

In September 2017, Starbucks Corporation announced the appointment of former President and CEO of Sam’s Club and current Starbucks board member, Rosalind Brewer as Group President & Chief Operation Officer. As group president and chief operating officer, Brewer will lead the company’s operating businesses across the Americas (Canada, U.S. and Latin America), as well as the global functions of supply chain, product innovation, and store development organizations.

When Brewer joined Sam’s Club in 2012, she brought a wealth of talent to the members-only warehouse operating segment responsible for serving the needs of individual and small-business members. She 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.

Fortune Magazine Names Rosalind Brewer on its 2018 Most Powerful Women in Business List

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

This is the 21st year of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list. The 2018 ranking is comprised of seven newcomers, two returnees, and CEOs controlling just under $1 trillion in market cap. View are the names behind the numbers. Full List