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She’s a Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company and says she’s here to stay

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She’s a Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company and says she’s here to stay

by Maura Hohman via

Rosalind Brewer, the CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, discussed her experiences with discrimination and advocating for diversity at major companies with TODAY’s Hoda Kotb.

As one of the only two Black women running Fortune 500 companies, Rosalind Brewer, CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, has a long list of accomplishments, thanks to her innovative approach that’s demonstrated, time and again, her strong business acumen.

At her first company, she helped grow sales more than $1 billion. At Sam’s Club, she also boosted profits, and at Starbucks, as chief operating officer, she overhauled the way customers are treated.

In January, she was named CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, the parent company of the Walgreens pharmacy chain. It’s the largest company ever to be run by a Black woman.

Joining the pharmacy giant at the beginning of the pandemic wasn’t…

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