Former Starbucks executive Roz Brewer will become the only Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company when she assumes her new role as the CEO of Walgreens.
Brewer is the first woman and first African-American to serve as COO of Starbucks. In 2019, she also became the only Black woman to sit on Amazon’s board. At Starbucks, she has helped the company implement policy changes and racial bias training for employees in more than 8,000 stores. Brewer has also bolstered Starbucks’ sustainability initiatives including the introduction of a reusable version of the popular Starbucks holiday cup.
Before her role at Starbucks, Brewer was president and CEO of Sam’s Club, Walmart’s members-only warehouse division, where she was also the first woman and African American in the position. Before Sam’s Club, Brewer worked at the manufacturing company Kimberly-Clark for more than two decades, eventually rising to president of its global nonwovens unit.
Our warmest congratulations to Roz Brewer on her recent appointment. Keep winning.