Chris McGowan, a former executive with the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, has been named president and CEO of Ilitch Sports & Entertainment.
In the role, McGowan will oversee the business division of the Tigers, Red Wings, The District Detroit, Olympia Parking and the Ilitches’ stake in 313 Presents.
McGowan, who replaces Chris Granger and starts his job Jan. 3, will report directly to Christopher Ilitch.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Chris and his family to Detroit and our organization,” Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, said in a statement “He has a proven track record in professional sports and live entertainment, and a passion for creating exceptional experiences. I look forward to working with Chris and his team to deliver innovative, engaging, and inspiring programming and campaigns that will appeal to our fans, colleagues, and partners.”
Said McGowan: “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to join the Ilitch organization and to lead Ilitch Sports and Entertainment. It’s an exciting time for both the Red Wings and Tigers, and The District Detroit is a sports and entertainment epicenter unlike any other in the country. I look forward to getting started and helping bring memorable experiences to the great people of Detroit and beyond for years to come.”