Chris McGowan named president, CEO of Ilitch Sports activities & Enjoyment

Chris McGowan has been employed as president and main government officer of Ilitch Athletics & Amusement, the business division of the Detroit Purple Wings and Detroit Tigers.

McGowan will operate intently with Christopher Ilitch, the president of Ilitch Holdings, to increase the lover, visitor and lover encounter throughout Ilitch-managed attributes and venues, which also consists of The District Detroit, Olympia Parking and the Ilitch joint venture (JV) desire in 313 Offers.

McGowan’s obligations commence on Jan. 3. He replaces Chris Granger, who had served in that capability from 2017 right until stepping down on Sept. 1 of this yr.

Purple Wings common supervisor Steve Yzerman and his Tigers counterpart Al Avila will proceed to report to Christopher Ilitch.

“We are unbelievably excited to welcome Chris and his household to Detroit and our group,” Ilitch explained in a statement. “He has a established observe record in professional athletics and stay leisure, and a passion for creating fantastic ordeals. I seem forward to working with Chris and his team to deliver revolutionary, participating, and inspiring programming and strategies that will charm to our supporters, colleagues, and partners.”

McGowan expended the previous 9 decades as president/CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2018, he was named to the additional purpose of CEO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment, such as the Seattle Seahawks, McGowan also served as VSE representative for the possession stake in the Seattle Sounders (MLS).

“I’m thrilled about the option to be part of the Ilitch business and to lead Ilitch Sporting activities and Enjoyment,” McGowan explained in a assertion. “It’s an enjoyable time for each the Red Wings and Tigers, and The District Detroit is a sports and amusement epicenter contrary to any other in the state. I search forward to receiving commenced and aiding bring memorable encounters to the wonderful folks of Detroit and over and above for decades to occur.”