Breaking The ‘Concrete’ Ceiling: Roz Brewer To Become The S&P 500’s Only Black Female CEO

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By Maggie McGrath

Rosalind “Roz” Brewer is, by Forbes’ accounting, the 48th most powerful woman in the world. But now, she’s poised to become even more powerful.

On Tuesday night, news broke that Brewer, who has served as Starbucks’ chief operating officer since 2017, will be taking the helm of Walgreens Boots Alliance in March. It’s a momentous announcement, making Brewer, who is 58, not just Walgreens’ first female CEO, but the only Black woman chief executive of a S&P 500 company.

“Congratulations to my corporate sister Roz Brewer on being named the new CEO of WBA,” Ariel Investments president and co-CEO Mellody Hobson said on

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