Rosalind G. Brewer

COO of Starbucks
As COO and group president for Starbucks, Rosalind G. Brewer leads the company's operating businesses across the Americas.

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In adition to leading Starbucks' operating businesses across the Americas, Rosalind G. Brewer leads Starbucks license stores and the global functions of marketing, technology, supply chain, product innovation and store development organizations. Prior to joining Starbucks, Brewer served as president and CEO of Sam's Club and made history by becoming the first woman and first African American to lead a Walmart division. She joined Walmart in 2006 as regional vice president and later became president of Walmart East, where her profit-and-loss responsibility exceeded 100 billion dollars. Prior to Walmart, she was with Kimberly-Clark Corp. for 22 years, starting as a scientist and ultimately serving as president of the Global Nonwovens Sector in 2004. She is a current director of Amazon and a former director of Lockheed Martin and Molson Coors Brewing Company. She has served on the Starbucks board of directors since March 2017.

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Symbiotic: The talks of TED@BCG 2020

October 23, 2020

How can we make advances in technology that don’t require massive job losses? Work with nature to protect both the planet and humanity? Ensure all people are treated equitably? In a day of talks, interviews and performances, 17 speakers and performers shared ideas about a future in which people, technology and nature thrive interdependently. The […]

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