Business 100 - 2008

Walsh, James V

James V. Walsh/Meijer, Inc.

James V. Walsh is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Meijer, Inc.,  which employs over 60,000 people and is credited as introducing the supercenter retail concept in 1962.  Meijer is one of the top ten privately held companies in the U.S.

Walsh has been with the company for 15 years and first held the position of VP Controller. Prior to that he worked at the Warehouse Club Inc., where he was president of the $200 million publicly held membership club.

James is active in the community. He is a church and scout leader, coaches youth sports, is a United Way leader, and a
member of the Catholic Secondary Schools Development Committee.

He received his BBA from Loyola University, and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University, where he sits on the University Business Advisory  Council. He  became a CPA in Illinois in 1976.

James is a second-generation Irish-American whose father and mother’s families (the Burkes) both came from Mayo.  He is married for 31 years and has three children and four grandchildren.