Denise Ilitch has been an integral part of Detroit’s business and philanthropic communities for over 40 years as a dedicated business leader, a devoted community servant, a supporter of many charitable causes, and a tireless advocate for women and children.
Denise is an owner of Ilitch Family Companies. She is also president of Ilitch Enterprises, LLC. She previously served as president of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. from 2000 to 2004, a privately held business that manages Little Caesar Enterprises, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers, Olympia Entertainment, and Olympia Development. Through her extensive involvement and various leadership roles within the diverse portfolio of Ilitch Holdings companies, she has developed a very broad range of business skills, including expertise in executing large scale real estate developments. She was part of the team that joined prominent business leaders and government entities to create a vibrant entertainment and sports district, including a $600 million side-by-side stadium project, Comerica Park and Ford Field, for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions, near the Fox Theatre. Denise is a seasoned asset manager, having overseen the ongoing operations of an extensive portfolio of commercial properties including entertainment venues, gaming and hospitality, food service, and retail enterprises. Her leadership experience in other industries includes restaurant franchises, food manufacturing, nonprofit fundraising, and transportation companies. She has earned the titles “Marketing Innovator of the Year” and “Best & Brightest Marketer” and has been celebrated by Corp! Magazine and Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine in their “Top Business Women” and “Most Influential Women” features.
Denise currently also serves as Regent on the University of Michigan Board of Regents and is Vice Chair of the Board, and serves on the FUEL Leadership Board.