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Spelman Board Chair, Rosalind Brewer, Ranked No.27 on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List

October 2020

Spelman Trustee Rosalind BrewerA savvy business strategist and corporate leader,  Rosalind Gates Brewer, C'84, group president and chief operating officer for Starbucks and chair of Spelman’s Board of Trustees, was recently added to Fortune’s  "Most Powerful Women" list.

As 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. She was appointed to the Starbucks board of directors in March 2017 and continues to serve on the board.

Since 1998, Fortune has ranked the most powerful women in business using four criteria: the size and importance of each woman’s business in the global economy; the health and direction of the business; the arc of her career; and her social and cultural influence.

Spelman's Roz Brewer added to Fortune’s  "Most Powerful Women" listFor the 2020 list, Fortune added a new dimension – how is the executive wielding her power and shaping her company and the wider world as the world responds to COVID-19. This year, Brewer moved up one spot, from No.28 to No. 27. Fortune cites multiple reasons for Brewer's inclusion on the list, including her recovery efforts and leadership of the $18.3 billion Americas business in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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.

Prior to joining Starbucks, Brewer 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. Roz 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.