Rosalind Gates Brewer, also known as Roz, has been Chief Operating Officer and Group President of Americas of Starbucks Corporation since October 2, 2017. She served as an Executive Vice President of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from February 1, 2012 to February 01, 2017 having joined Walmart in 2006 as Regional Vice President for Georgia.
Rosalind Brewer (Roz) has been Chief Operating Officer and Group President of Americas of Starbucks Corporation since October 2, 2017. She served as an Executive Vice President of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from February 1, 2012 to February 01, 2017. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of Warehouse Retail Chain and President of Warehouse Retail Chain of Sam’s West, Inc since February 2012.
Roz joined Walmart in 2006 as regional vice president, overseeing operations in Georgia. She later became division president of the Southeast, and then president of Walmart East.
Throughout her career, Roz has served as a high-impact strategist with experience spanning global manufacturing operations, research and development, marketing and strategic business unit leadership. She has focused relentlessly on revenue growth and customer satisfaction and has extensive expertise in turn-around assignments. Roz is also known for building strong teams, inspiring mentoring networks and having a passion for improving communities.
Before joining Walmart, she worked for Kimberly-Clark Corp. for 22 years, starting as a scientist and eventually becoming president of the Global Nonwovens Sector in 2004. Roz earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Spelman College. She attended the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School and the Director’s College at the University of Chicago School of Business/Stanford School of Law.
She serves on the board of directors for Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT), and because of her commitment to education, she is chair of the board of trustees for her alma mater, Spelman College.