Walgreens stated Tuesday it has tapped Starbucks executive Roz Maker as its new CEO, which will make her the only Black lady leading a Fortune 500 company.

Starbucks announced Tuesday that Brewer was departing after a bit more than 3 years as its chief running officer. Walgreens later on verified that Brewer will take over as its CEO on March 15.

Brewer is successful Stefano Pessina, who served as CEO for six years following the merger between Walgreens and Alliance Boots in2014 Pessina will transition to executive chairman of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s board.

Pessina applauded Brewer’s competence in operations, client relations, talent advancement and digital innovation.

” She is a distinguished and knowledgeable executive who has actually led organizations internationally through durations of altering consumer habits by applying development that elevates customer experiences,” Pessina stated.

At Starbucks, Maker revamped stores, getting clutter and minimizing administrative work so staff members could concentrate on consumers and speed up service. She assisted grow Starbucks’ rewards program and pushed for more diversity in its ranks.

Prior to signing up with Starbucks, Brewer worked as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Walmart Inc. She likewise grew membership and enhanced merchandise there.

Before that, Maker was with Kimberly-Clark Corp. for 22 years. Brewer– who has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Spelman College– began at Kimberly-Clark as a scientist and eventually worked as president of the Global Nonwovens Sector.

Maker stated she’s thrilled to innovate in the healthcare industry at Walgreens, particularly as the company assists fight the coronavirus pandemic.

” I step into this role with fantastic optimism for the future of WBA,” Brewer said in a statement.

Based in Deerfield, Illinois, Walgreens says it employs more than 450,000 individuals and has more than 21,000 stores internationally.

Ursula Burns was the first Black lady to run a Fortune 500 company when she ended up being CEO of Xerox in2009 But she lost that function in 2016 when Xerox divided into two business.

There are only a handful of other Black CEOs in the Fortune 500, consisting of Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison.

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