‘An operator:’ What to know about Roz Brewer, Walgreens’ new CEO

Just right morning, Broadsheet readers! Girls leaders name for a Marshall Plan for Mothers, Aetna will quilt quite a lot of procedures for trans ladies, and Roz Brewer is Walgreens’ new CEO. Have a very good Wednesday.

– Shot within the arm. For years now, many firms at the WhatsTele 500 have attempted to forged themselves as champions of range that foster inclusive offices and groom workers from underrepresented teams for long run luck. However one information level is at all times there to puncture the fantastical self-portrait company The united states tries to color of itself: of all of the CEOs of all WhatsTele 500 firms, most effective two have ever been Black ladies.

Ursula Burns was once the primary when she become CEO of Xerox in 2009; she stepped down in 2016. Mary Winston of Mattress Tub & Past was once the second one, despite the fact that her stint as CEO was once quick—seven months—and on an meantime foundation.

The WhatsTele 500 will in any case get its 3rd on March 15, when Rosalind ‘Roz’ Brewer turns into CEO of Walgreens. The just about $140 billion retail and pharmacy large introduced its hiring of Brewer, who was once maximum not too long ago Starbucks’ COO, on Tuesday.

At Starbucks, Brewer was once in large part credited with cleansing up the corporate’s shops and instilling a brand new degree of self-discipline in its operations, as my colleague Beth Kowitt reported in her 2019 profile of the manager. That’s a talent set she honed at Walmart, all over a decade-long tenure that integrated working Sam’s Membership, the corporate’s warehouse membership trade. At Sam’s Membership, she excited by pushing the emblem into e-commerce and focused on a extra prosperous consumer, however struggled to catch as much as larger rival Costco.

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Brewer will take over as CEO at a essential time for Walgreens as the drugstore chain companions with the U.S. federal executive on its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which has been criticized as gradual and chaotic. Just right factor Brewer is understood for buying issues achieved.

“She’s an operator,” Mellody Hobson, co-CEO of Ariel Investments and now Starbucks chair instructed Beth in 2019. “She’s now not only a individual with a perspective and imaginative and prescient. She will be able to execute.”

The Broadsheet’s common tallying of all feminine CEOs serving within the WhatsTele 500 at all times underscores how a lot paintings stays. Brewer’s appointment does that too—she’ll be No. 40, a file top, according to the present universe of feminine CEOs. It shines an extremely brilliant mild at the dearth of Black ladies within the ranks, however her hiring is a minimum of one tick in the best route.

Claire Zillman
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