Shortly after joining Starbucks’ board of directors, Rosalind “Roz” Brewer has officially become the company’s new group president chief operating officer.
The company stated in a press release, “Starbucks is a culture-first company focused on performance and Roz is a world class operator and executive who embodies the values of Starbucks.”
“As a passionate customer of the brand and recently elected board member, I have a deep love and admiration for the Starbucks brand and its people,” said Brewer. “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.”
Back in 2012, Brewer made history when she was named president and CEO of Sam’s Club, making her the first black woman to do so at any of Walmart’s divisions. In 2015, she was listed on Black Enterprise’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, and we have no doubt that she will only climb the ranks from here!
Starbucks’ president and CEO, Kevin Johnson, says about Brewer, “She has been a trusted strategic counselor to me ever since she joined our board of directors, and I deeply value her insight, business acumen, and leadership expertise. Roz is the right leader to help us realize our greatest of ambitions in this next chapter of our journey.”
Brewer’s new role will begin on October 2. She will manage the coffee chains throughout the United States as well as Latin America and Canada.