Rosalind (Roz) Brewer

By Gayson |

Rosalind (Roz) Brewer is an influential corporate executive celebrated for her visionary leadership, trailblazing initiatives, and advocacy for positive change in global business. Repeatedly recognized by Fortune and Forbes among their “Most Powerful Women in Business,” Brewer’s strategic acumen and commitment to excellence have cemented her status as one of today’s most influential figures.

Her enduring dedication to driving positive impact serves as a hallmark of her remarkable career and demonstrates her versatility across various industries, including retail, healthcare and hospitality. Characterized by innovation and digital transformation, she’s made a lasting impact on some of the world’s leading companies.

Brewer served as President and CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., a global leader in retail pharmacy and healthcare, where she played a pivotal role in shaping the company’s strategic direction and navigating the complexities of the healthcare landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic. While at Walgreens, Brewer implemented transformative initiatives focused on driving innovation, improving customer engagement, and expanding access to essential healthcare services.

As Chief Operating Officer of Starbucks Corporation, she played a pivotal role in driving operational excellence, enhancing customer experiences, and fostering beverage and digital innovation across Starbucks’ stores worldwide. Prior to Starbucks, Brewer was President and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Inc., where she orchestrated digital initiatives like “Scan and Go” to elevate the company’s performance and bolster its market position. Under her leadership, Sam’s Club’s growth and innovation set new benchmarks for customer engagement and operational efficiency.
Brewer’s career also includes significant contributions during her tenure at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where she spearheaded initiatives to strengthen the company’s market presence and drive innovation in nonwoven materials and solutions globally.

As an advocate for gender and racial diversity, she champions initiatives to foster a more inclusive and equitable organizational culture. Her former board service, includes, Starbucks Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Currently, she serves on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture board.
Brewer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Spelman College, and her ongoing commitment to supporting her alma mater as chair emerita underscores her belief in the transformative power of education and her dedication to empowering future generations of leaders. She continues to be actively involved in various philanthropic endeavors, supporting causes related to education, healthcare, and economic empowerment.