Amazon Adds Rosalind Brewer to Board of Directors
After increased calls from shareholders, Capitol Hill, and employees to increase diversity among its ranks, Amazon on Monday named Rosalind Brewer as a Director on its Board -- she will be only person of color currently on the Board and the company’s second Black Director ever. Brewer is the COO of Starbucks, where she also serves on the Board. The Detroit native is the former President and CEO of Sam's Club, a division of Walmart. Brewer began her tenure at Walmart in 2006 as a Regional VP, and before that spent 22 years at Kimberly-Clark. She is a graduate of Spelman College, where she still serves as the Chair of its Board of Trustees. Members of Congress, especially the Congressional Black Caucus, have been vocal about Amazon’s failure to embrace diversity. “It is my hope that this barrier-breaking appointment serves as an example to other industry leaders regarding the positive economic, business, innovation and inclusion benefits offered by increasing board diversity, especially to companies leading the way in our modern innovation economy,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), a member of the Black Caucus and the Co-Chair of the House Tech Accountability Caucus. Brewer joins Amazon as its 10th Board member and the fourth woman. More here.