On March 15, 2021, Rosalind Brewer is slated to make history as the only Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company she will helm Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the parent company of Walgreens drugstores. She is currently the COO of Starbucks and the former president and CEO of Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Brewer’s storied history in retail includes advocating on behalf of Black-owned companies to get their products on shelves and available to a mass market. At Starbucks, she is credited for changing their corporate culture to be more diverse and inclusive.
The Detroit native is a Spelman College alumna with business degrees from Wharton and the University of Chicago. She began her corporate retail career as a chemist for Kimberly-Clark, where she worked for 22 years before moving to Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. named one of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes, Brewer has sat on and served on a number of boards, including Amazon’s.
Rosalind Brewer is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and is a trustee of Spelman College in Atlanta.