Rosalind Brewer speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dream Gala at Hilton Hotel on October 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger)
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The former Sam’s Club CEO and President is joining the c-suite at Starbucks
 

Paula Rogo
Sep, 08, 2017

A black woman was just named the new Chief Operating Officer of Starbucks, and she is used to being a trailblazer!

Not only is  Rosalind Brewer the first woman to ever hold this position, but she is also the first African American to take on the role.


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“I am so honored to have the pleasure of working with the Starbucks leadership team to realize our highest of aspirations for the company and I look forward to working closely with the astute and talented leaders across the enterprise,” Brewer said in a statement.

Here are four things we know about her: 

- Brewer served in several executive leadership positions at Walmart and is a former Sam’s Club CEO and president, where she became the first woman and African-American to lead a division of the Walmart brand.
 

- She is a graduate of  Spelman College, of which she currently serves as chair of the HBCU's board of trustees. She also has an advanced management program certificate from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
 

 - Forbes has consistently recognized her as one of the most powerful women in the world in the last three years, including  one of “The World's 100 Most Powerful Women” in 2016
 

- She serves in other leadership positions, such as a member of the board of directors at Lockheed Martin. She initially joined Starbucks in March as part of the board of directors.

Congratulations!