12 Black Women Leaders You Need to Know // Rosalind G. Brewer


Rosalind G. Brewer is the President and CEO of Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She is the first woman and the first African-American to fill the role of CEO at one of Wal-Mart Stores' divisions. As of 2014, she is listed as the 64th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Prior to joining Walmart, Brewer had a 22-year career at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. In 2012, Brewer was named President and CEO of Sam’s Club, becoming the first African American to lead a Walmart division. She has focused on health and wellness by doubling the amount of organic products offered at Sam's Clubs. Throughout her career, Brewer has amassed experience spanning global manufacturing operations, research and development, marketing and strategic business unit leadership. Her professional interests include building strong teams, inspiring mentoring networks and improving communities. In 2013, Brewer was named one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes.  Fortune's Most Powerful Women List of September 15, 2015 issue ranked Brewer 15th.