October 14, 2013
By Beautifully Said Team
In a Club of Her Own
We frequent our neighboring Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club stores so often that we’re more familiar with product brands than who actually heads the business. In our everyday lives this makes perfect sense, you’re not likely to shop the merchandise and ask, “who’s running this company?” Though, at some point, it becomes a good idea to know the face behind the businesses where we shop and to exercise our consumer power. A store doesn’t put out merchandise based on what they may like but with what the consumer would like. CEO and President, Rosliand Brewer, 51- Is the face behind Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores and strives to make them successful. She’s listed as Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.
As head of Wal-Mart’s warehouse club business, Brewer runs one of three operating segments at the retail giant. With $56.4 billion in revenue, it’s so big that it would rank No. 53 on the Fortune 500 if it were a standalone company. The Lockheed board member drove sales up 5%, and operating income up 6% at Sam’s Club and has been building its online business. She also has the ear of CEO Mike Duke: Brewer is his direct report, and the two have one-on-one sessions at least twice a month – Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in business.
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