BENTONVILLE – Walmart Stores Inc., the world’s biggest retailer, has named Rosalind Brewer as president and CEO of Sam’s Club – the first woman and the first African-American to hold a CEO position at one of the company’s business units.

Brewer, 49, who replaces Brian Cornell, previously was president of the retailer’s U.S. East business unit. The move is effective Feb. 1, officials said.

Prior to joining Walmart, Brewer held a number of executive positions at Kimberly-Clark Corp., officials said.

Brewer’s promotion is one of several moves announced last week to help boost the company’s fledgling profit margin.


Special to the NNPA from the Atlanta Daily Voice

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