President & CEO, Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., directs the company that provides professional services to the businesses owned by Michael and/or Marian Ilitch. These entities include: Little Caesar Enterprises, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Champion Foods, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Uptown Entertainment, and the Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program. The total system-wide revenue of Ilitch companies was $4.2 billion in 2010.
Christopher has been, and continues to be, a force in the strategic planning for the future growth of all Ilitch companies. Since taking on the role of president at Ilitch Holdings, total system-wide revenue for the Ilitch companies has grown more than 250 percent from $1.2 billion in 2000 to $4.2 billion in 2010.
Active in civic and community organizations, Christopher is chairman of Ilitch Charities and is on the board of directors of the Detroit Economic Club. He is a board member and a member of the executive committee for the Detroit Regional Chamber, Business Leaders for Michigan, and the Downtown Detroit Partnership. He is a past chairman of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors. He is also a member of the Detroit chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Christopher was co-chair of the host committee for the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. In addition, Ilitch served as chairman of the hospitality committee for the 2009 NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball Tournament. He was also a guiding force behind the hugely successful 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star event in Detroit and was a member of the Super Bowl XL host committee.
Ilitch graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He and his wife, Kelle, have three children and reside in metro Detroit.