Move of the Week: WBA’s Brewer hire marks a big step in the right direction

Rosalind Brewer

It’s hard to overstate the significance of Rosalind Brewer succeeding Stefano Pessina as the new chief executive of Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA).

Brewer is, first and foremost, an outstanding leader in her own right with a distinguished track record at corporate giants like Starbucks and Walmart.

She will also become the only Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company when she takes the reins in March, with Pessina moving into the role of executive chair.

Just days after the United States swore in its first African-American and Asian-American vice-president – as well as its first-ever female VP – it is of huge consequence, at a time of heightened awareness of racial inequality, that a major corporation has backed up its rhetoric on diversity by making Brewer the most senior member of its leadership team.

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