President & CEO, Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
Christopher Ilitch is president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., a professional services company that supports businesses owned by Detroit entrepreneurs and founders of Little Caesars Pizza, Michael and Marian Ilitch.
The businesses owned by Michael and Marian Ilitch include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Detroit Red Wings, Champion Foods, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development of Michigan and the Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel. Together, the companies employ over 21,000 people and reported a total combined revenue of $3.3 billion in 2014.
Christopher has spent his career in a variety of roles throughout the Ilitch companies over the past 27 years. Prior to being appointed president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings in 2000, he served as president of the Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program.
Today, he is currently leading the execution of the District Detroit, the most ambitious development project in the organization’s history. The District Detroit – a world-class sports and entertainment district – will transform dozens of blocks of underutilized land, connect Midtown to Downtown Detroit and deliver an expected $1.8 billion economic impact to the city, region and state.
Christopher serves as chairman of Ilitch Charities, a nonprofit organization with a focus on human services, community development, education and recreation. In addition, he is involved in a number of business and civic groups that help improve and promote Detroit and the region. He serves on the board and executive committee for Business Leaders for Michigan and the Downtown Detroit Partnership. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Detroit Economic Club.
Christopher has served on host/hospitality committees for several large-scale sporting events in Detroit, including the 2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four Hockey Championship (co-chair), the 2009 NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball Tournament, Super Bowl XL and the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star game (chair).
Christopher holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He and his wife Kelle have three children and reside in metro Detroit.