Christopher Ilitch is president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., a professional services company that supports certain businesses that were founded or purchased by Detroit entrepreneurs Mike and/or Marian Ilitch. These businesses include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, the Detroit Tigers, Olympia Development of Michigan, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program and Champion Foods.
Additionally, Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel. Together, these companies employ 23,000 people. Their combined revenue in 2016 was $3.4 billion.
For nearly 30 years Christopher has served in a variety of roles throughout the Ilitch companies. Currently, he is leading the development of The District Detroit, the most ambitious development effort in the organization's history. A vibrant, walkable destination, The District Detroit will be a dynamic sports and entertainment district comprised of eight world-class theatres, five neighborhoods and four professional sports teams. The economic impact of this project to the Detroit region and the state of Michigan is expected to exceed $2 billion.
Christopher also serves as chairman of Ilitch Charities, a nonprofit organization that promotes charitable purposes aimed at developing communities and enhancing lives. In addition, he is involved in various business and civic groups that help improve and promote Detroit and the region. He serves on the board, executive committee and nominating committee for Business Leaders for Michigan as well as the board and executive committee for 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.