Costco Names Jelinek President, COO; Creates Office of the President

ISSAQUAH, Wash.-Costco Wholesale Corporation has appointed Craig Jelinek president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Jelinek previously was executive vice president in charge of merchandising, a position he has held since 2004. He spent the previous 20 years in various management positions in warehouse operations. Jelinek will join the Costo board of directors.

Jim Sinegal will continue as chief executive officer of the company. Sinegal, together with Chairman of the Board Jeff Brotman, Senior Executive Vice President Dick DiCerchio and Jelinek, will form an Office of the President, through which the four will coordinate on major company matters.

Costco currently operates 566 warehouses, including 413 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 77 in Canada, 21 in the United Kingdom, seven in Korea, six in Taiwan, nine in Japan, 32 in Mexico and one in Australia.

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