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Biggest Moments in Rosalind Brewer's Historic Career

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Rosalind 'Roz' Brewer will be the only Black woman to currently lead a Fortune 500 company on March 15.

Walgreens Boot Alliance  (WBA) , one of the largest drugstore chains in the U.S., has roped in Brewer, 59, from Starbucks  (SBUX) , where she served as the COO of the company.

“WBA is a world-class and trusted organization whose purpose I deeply admire,” said Brewer, in a statement. “I step into this role with great optimism for the future of WBA, a shared responsibility to serve our customers, patients and communities, and a commitment to drive long-term sustainable value for shareholders."

Prior to Walgreens Boot Alliance, her leadership roles in various companies have also created history.

She became the first woman and Black COO of Starbucks and served in the role from 2017 to 2021. 

Before that, she served as the president and CEO of Sam’s Club, where she became the first woman and Black person to lead a Walmart  (WMT)  division. Brewer began her career at Walmart as regional vice president of operations in Georgia in 2006.

The first Black woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company was Ursula Burns. She served as CEO of Xerox  (XRX)  for seven years from 2009 to 2016. After Burns, Mary Winston from Bed Bath & Beyond  (BBBY)  became the interim CEO of the company in 2019.

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