Richard Galanti, Executive VP and CFO, Costco Wholesale Corporation
Richard Galanti joined Costco Wholesale Corporation in March 1984 as Vice President, Finance and became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Costco in January 1985. Subsequent to the merger of The Price Company and Costco in October 1993 to form PriceCostco, Richard became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and in January 1995 he also became a director of the company. (In August 1999, the Company's name was changed back to Costco Wholesale Corporation.) From 1978 to February 1984, Richard was in investment banking with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation, New York. During his tenure at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Richard provided a variety of financial-related services to both public and private corporate clients. Richard received his M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1982.
Gerald Ostrov, Group Vice Chairman (Retired), Johnson & Johnson®
Gerald Ostrov retired from Johnson & Johnson at the end of 2005. From 1998 through 2005 he served as Company Group Chairman responsible for Johnson & Johnson's Worldwide Vision Care businesses and was a member of the Worldwide Consumer and Personal Care Group Operating Committee. Gerald began his career with Johnson & Johnson's Health Care Division in 1976. In 1982, he became VP of Marketing for Ciba-Geigy's consumer-pharmaceuticals company. He was named President of Ciba Consumer Pharmaceuticals in 1985 and served in that capacity until rejoining Johnson & Johnson in 1991 as President of their Personal Products Company, and he later served as Company Group Chairman. In 1995, he became responsible for all consumer and personal care business in North America.
Alayne Sulkin, Publisher, ParentMap Newsmagazine
Alayne has built various publishing businesses during the last 19 years. Currently, she is the publisher of ParentMap, a monthly newsmagazine and online resource. As she did with Northwest Parent Publishing, Inc (1986-1999), Alayne has grown ParentMap in three years to include monthly titles with three zoned versions, six annual supplements, a lecture series, and dynamic web resources for families. ParentMap most recently won the General Excellence Bronze award in national competitions, along with nine other awards. Alayne is actively involved in her community both as a publisher and as a parent. She served as president of the board of her children's school for four years and currently co chairs its capital project. Most recently, Alayne participated on the boards of the Foundation for Early Learning and the Hartman Institute. Alayne graduated from law school in 1983. She lives with her husband, Robert, an attorney, and their three children, Arielle (19), Eli (15), and Maya (4), in the Seattle area.
Ginnie Roeglin, Senior Vice President, Ecommerce & Publishing, Costco Wholesale
Ginnie Roeglin joined Costco in 1990 as Director of IS Support and was promoted to AVP/Director of IS Development in 1992. In 1995, she became AVP and Director of Corporate Marketing and was promoted to VP in 1996. Ginnie was promoted to SVP in 2000, responsible for Marketing, Membership, Publishing, and all third-party Costco services. Since 2004, she has been responsible for Costco's Ecommerce division and publishing. Ginnie was appointed to Costco's Executive Committee in 2006. She also serves on corporate advisory boards for the University of Washington's Retail Management program, Central Washington University's Business School, and Children's Hospital. She received a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976 and an Executive Leadership certificate from Seattle University in 1999.
Craig Sherman, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Craig is a corporate securities partner in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Craig's practice focuses on the representation of software, networking, telecommunications, and storage companies, and his current clients include ADAPTIX, ePartners, Isilon, M*Metrics, Pure Networks, Who's Calling, and WildTangent. Craig began his legal practice in 1989 in the New York and Paris offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell, and he has been practicing law working with technology companies in Seattle since 1994.
Susan A. Thomas, Marketing and Communications Consultant
Susan possesses more than 25 years' experience working with companies at all phases of growth on their market development, marketing, communications, and go-to-market strategies. Her chief skills lie in positioning and messaging, communications strategy, and content development. Susan began her career as a business journalist in Silicon Valley and later founded her own public relations firm, which she managed for 10 years before its acquisition by the international PR firm Ketchum. She became a partner at Ketchum, and for three years was director of the firm's Global Technology Practice. Susan has also served as a market analyst at a Gartner subsidiary, Director of Marketing for a technical software startup, and Vice President of Marketing for an enterprise software company. She achieved an A.B. degree in English and film studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles.