Business 100 – 2019

Michael Hanrahan/Walmart

Mike Hanrahan is the CEO of Walmart’s Intelligent Retail Lab, part of Walmart’s Store No 8 technology incubator, where he and his team build artificial intelligence products and tools for Walmart’s stores. Prior to joining Walmart, Mike was co-founder and chief technology officer of online retailer, Jet.com, which was purchased by Walmart for $3.3 billion in 2016. Mike is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and also serves as a board member for Genetx Biotherapeutics, a company targeting a cure for Angelman Syndrome.  Mike was born in New Ross, County Wexford. His first job was as a salesman in the shoe shop his mother operated, learning early the importance of empathy between clerk and customer. His mother is from Tramore, County Waterford, while his father also hails from New Ross, County Wexford, and was present during John F. Kennedy’s 1963 visit to his homestead in the town. “The Irish immigration story has always resonated locally given this connection,” he says. Mike attended the Waterford Institute of Technology and immigrated to the U.S. in 2010.He adds, “Thankfully the new wave of Irish immigrants have it better than previous generations. The Irish have a wonderful reputation and are seen as well-educated, technically savvy, and hardworking.” Mike and his wife, Jo, have four children: Molly, Tom, Rosie, and Rory. They live in New Jersey.