Jim Sinegal is the Co-Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Costco Wholesale. He retired from the executive position in 2012 and remained on the Board of Directors until January 2018.
Jim began his career in the retail business in 1954. As an 18-year-old college student, he went to work for the legendary retail icon Sol Price at the discount store FedMart in San Diego. Jim remained working for Price for almost 30 years before striking out on his own to start Costco with his Business Partner, Jeff Brotman.
Costco today has revenues of more than $223 billion and operates 858 warehouses in 48 states, Puerto Rico, and 15 countries. The company employs over 303,000 people worldwide and has earned the reputation as a fair and progressive employer.
Jim serves as an advisor for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He was until recently a Senior Executive in Residence at Seattle University’s Albers School and serves in a similar capacity at his alma mater, San Diego State University. Jim also serves as an advisor at the Mendoza School of Business for Notre Dame.