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James D. Sinegal

Costco Wholesale Corporation

1988 - Present

Retail

1980 b. 1936
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateSan Diego Junior College
Personal
Born-Died1936
BirthplacePennsylvania (PA)
RaceWhite
FatherLaborer, Un-/Semi-skilled
Era - 1980

Sinegal was one of the principal founders of Costco in 1983. As CEO, he has built the fledgling wholesale shopping center into the largest such organization in the United States, outpacing both Samís Club and BJís Wholesale. Though he built a $40+ billion operation with over 400 retail centers and 40 million members, Sinegal is best known for his progressive management practices which have enabled Costco to benefit from low employee turnover and high productivity.