Fortune names Roz Brewer to Most Powerful Women list

Fortune magazine has named Roz Brewer, chief operating officer and group president at Starbucks, as one of the Most Powerful Women in Business on its annual list.

Brewer, formerly CEO of Walmart’s Sam’s Club, has made the annual list several times in her career.

This year, she is one of 51 female executives ranging from Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to Oprah Winfrey. This year’s No. 1 is Marillyn Hewson, chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, and many of this year’s top spots are held by other female ceos from companies such as General Motors, Fidelity Investments, IBM, Anthem, Oracle, General Dynamics and YouTube.

Brewer joined the Starbucks board of directors in March 2017. Though she was hired to be chief operating officer of Starbucks later that year, she continues to serve on the board. Mary Dillon, also on the Starbucks board of directors and ceo of Ulta Beauty, is also on Fortune’s list.

“She’s just plain smart,” said Melody Hobson, Brewer’s fellow board member, earlier this year. “And in the world of Starbucks, she's just beginning – just sinking her teeth in. We're really, really lucky to have her in this role. I mean lucky.”

Read more about Brewer’s life, career and winding journey to the C-suite in this Starbucks Newsroom profile.

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