Friday, February 27, 2015

E-Magnify Salutes Business Women in Black History: Rosalind Brewer

Name: Rosalind “Roz” Brewer 

Age: 52

Role: President & CEO

Business: Sam’s Club

Industry: Retail

What Makes Her Historic: 

As president and CEO of Sam’s Club starting in 2006, the members-only warehouse club channel subsidiary of Walmart stores, Rosalind "Roz" Brewer was the first woman and first African-American to lead a Walmart. She held responsibility for over 110,000 associates, 620 clubs, and revenues of $56 billion (FY 2013). Brewer rose from regional vice president for Georgia operations to Southeast division president and president of Walmart East. Her expertise in strategy, global manufacturing operations, research and development, marketing and strategic business unit leadership combined with a strong sense of teams, mentoring, and communities helped to shape her career success. 

Before her Walmart career, this trained chemist worked at Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 22 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Spelman College and also attended The Wharton School’s advanced management program and Chicago School of Business/Stanford School of Law’s Director’s College. Brewer has received numerous accolades, including recognition by Forbes as 2013 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Most Powerful Women of 2013; Working Mother’s Most Powerful Working Moms, and repeat recognition as Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.  She serves on the board of Lockheed Martin and is a trustee board chair at Spelman College. Brewer is married and has two children.

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