Thursday, September 07, 2017

Spelman College, Rosalind Brewer graduate named COO of Starbucks

A Spelman College graduate and the former CEO of Sam's Club has been appointed as Group President and Chief Operating Officer of Starbucks Corporation.

Rosalind Brewer is a current Starbucks board member and has more than 30 years of management experience.

“Starbucks is a culture-first company focused on performance and Roz is a world class operator and executive who embodies the values of Starbucks. She has been a trusted strategic counselor to me ever since she joined our board of directors, and I deeply value her insight, business acumen, and leadership expertise. Roz is the right leader to help us realize our greatest of ambitions in this next chapter of our journey,” said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and ceo. “I am honored that Roz is joining Starbucks in this capacity and playing an important role with an accomplished team of senior leaders that reflects the strength and diversity of our organization.”

Brewer left Wal-Mart February 1, 2017 after being the longest serving CEO of Sam's Club. She was also the first African-American to hold the CEO position at the company.

Brewer will be based at the Starbucks Support Center in Seattle beginning Oct. 2.


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