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W. Craig Jelinek

Also Known As Walter Craig Jelinek, Jelinek

CEO of Costco

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Walter Craig Jelinek is an American businessman, president and CEO of Costco, Inc.(COST) since 2012, when he succeeded the company's founder, James Sinegal.

Career :

Jelinek started his career at FedMart.

In 1981, Jelinek joined Lucky Stores. In 1984, he joined Costco as a warehouse manager and became CEO in 2012.

Jelinek also sits on Costco Wholesale UK Ltd's board.

In 2018, Jelinek's annual base salary was $800,000 as stated by The Puget Sound Business Journal.

In 2020, Jelinek's base salary was $1,000,000 and total compensation was $8,279,552 as per SEC filing by Costco.

Early Life

Jelinek born on August 8, 1952 in Los Angeles, California to Walter Adolph Jelinek and Erdene Gordon. His father was of Czech descent. In 1970, Jelinek graduated from Antelope Valley High School.


  • Bachelor’s Degree - San Diego State University


  • Costco - CEO


2019 Peter G. Peterson Business Statesmanship Award. Presented by Committee for Economic Development