Following a comprehensive Turnkey search, Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., named Chris Granger to the role of Group President, Sports and Entertainment. Granger joins Ilitch Holdings following a successful tenure as President of the Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Basketball Holdings, LLC.
“Bringing Chris to Detroit and to our organization is a big win,” said Ilitch. “His proven history of innovation, fan-first approach and community commitment are a perfect fit for our team as we prepare for the opening of Little Caesars Arena and ongoing development across The District Detroit. We’re incredibly excited to add Chris to our already very strong team.”
As Group President, Sports and Entertainment, Granger will be charged with optimizing the fan and partner experience at all Ilitch-related venues, growing the business-side sports and entertainment staff, and more.
On the search and placement, Turnkey President & CEO Len Perna remarked that “working with Ilitch Holdings is a dream job. I mean that for us at Turnkey, as the search firm, and also for Chris Granger, who is now their top exec. Chris Ilitch is total class. The Ilitch family has built one of the biggest and most impactful companies in the industry – no sports company has done more for their community. We were honored to conduct this crucial search.”
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