Rosalind Brewer Named Chief Operating Officer at Starbucks

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(Rosalind Brewer.)

BY TNJ STAFF

On the heels of joining Starbucks’ Board of Directors in January, Rosalind Brewer was named chief operating officer of the company. She is charged with overseeing its operating businesses in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

Prior to this role, Brewer held executive-level positions at Sam’s Club and at Walmart.

“I’ve been impressed with the work that (Starbucks) has done in the digital space,” Brewer said in an interview with The Seattle Times, “but you can only build that if you’ve got a strong base in the basics of running a good retail operation … Let’s face it — the mobile app has been fantastic for this brand. And anytime something is new and goes this well, it’s time to make sure that as this thing grows, we’ve got every piece of our business intact.”

A graduate of Spelman College, Brewer earned a degree in chemistry and went on to work as an organic chemist at Kimberly-Clark.