Starbucks Executive Rosalind Brewer Becomes New CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Shattering Another Glass Ceiling for Women by 30Seconds Mom

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Starbucks Executive Rosalind Brewer Becomes New CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Shattering Another Glass Ceiling for Women

Starbucks has announced that its chief operating officer, Rosalind Brewer, will be stepping down at the end of February. The reason she is leaving the company shatters another glass ceiling for women: she will become the only black woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Brewer will take the lead as CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, succeeding CEO Stefano Pessina, who will become executive chairman.

Prior to joining Starbucks, Brewer served as president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club. She joined Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Walmart Inc., in 2012 and made history by becoming the first woman and first African American to lead a Walmart division, according to the Starbucks' website. In 2018, Fortune ranked her No. 33 on its list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Photo: Starbucks

Brewer starts as CEO on March 15, 2021, when she will also join the board of directors. The drugstore chain announced in July that Pessina would step down.

“The board conducted an extensive search to identify an exceptional leader who will build on WBA’s track-record of success and take advantage of the many growth opportunities in many markets across the company. We are excited to have found that person in Roz,” Stefano Pessina said in a statement. “She is a distinguished and experienced executive who has led organizations globally through periods of changing consumer behavior by applying innovation that elevates customer experiences – ultimately driving significant and sustainable growth and value creation. Her relentless focus on the customer, talent development, operational rigor, and strong expertise in digital and technological transformation are exactly what WBA needs as the company enters its next chapter.”

Photo (main): Mellody Hobson and Rosalind Brewer (Mellody Hobson's Twitter)

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This is fantastic news! Watch your step, women in leadership - there is glass everywhere!!

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