Published on January 21st, 2012 | by thevyne2
Woman to Watch: Rosalind Brewer
Education: B.S in Chemistry, Spelman College, Attended the Advanced Management Program, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School of Business, graduated from Director’s College at the University of Chicago School of Business/Stanford School of Law.
Current City: Atlanta, GA
Occupation: CEO, Sam’s Club (owned by Walmart), effective 2/1/12. Rosalind is the first woman and the first African American to hold a CEO position in one of Walmart’s business units.
Growing Up: This Michigan native is the youngest of five children. She and her siblings were the first generation to go to college in their family. Her father passed away in her senior year of college.
Career Highlights: Rosalind held various positions at Kimberly-Clark starting as a scientist and ultimately became VP of their global nonwovens sector. She came to Walmart in 2006 as VP of Georgia operations and became division president for their southeast operations and in 2011 she was promoted to EVP and President over Walmart East division where she was responsible for over 550,000 employees in over 1500 stores. To give you a sense of how powerful that position is, her division produced $100 billion in sales so had it been a standalone company, she would have made the Fortune 500 CEO list back then.
Boards: Chair of Board of Trustees for Spelman College (elected 2006, board chair since 2011), Director of Molson Coors Brewing Company (2006-2011), Board of Directors for Lockheed Martin (since 2011), Board of Trustees for Westminster Schools (Atlanta), Board of Councilors for the Carter Presidential Center
Accolades: Named FORTUNE Magazine’s list of “50 Most Powerful Women” 2010/11, Spelman College Legacy of Leadership, named on of the 25 Most Powerful Women to Watch-Atlanta, Black Enterprise’s list of the 75 Most Powerful Women in Business
Family: Married to husband, John, who she met while she was at Spelman and he was at Morehouse. The couple has two children, and husband is a former investment banker who became a stay at home dad. Watch this video below where she talks about her family’s decision for her husband to stay home with the children (starting around 3:14) as well as her thoughts on women in leadership: