Meet Rosalind Brewer, the first woman and first African-American to serve as COO of Starbucks

Rosalind Brewer is the first woman and first African-American to serve as COO of Starbucks.

In 2019, she also became the only person of color to sit on Amazon’s board.

At Starbucks, she has she 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 Starbucks, Brewer was CEO of Sam’s Club which she helped bring into the modern day with services such as advance online ordering of groceries.

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, she was with Kimberly-Clark Corp. for 22 years, starting as a scientist and ultimately serving as president of the Global Nonwovens 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 was recently listed by Forbes as one of the Most Powerful Women in the World.

Source: Forbes, Starbucks

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