Ilitch sports and enjoyment team president leaves for new task

Chris Granger, a leading executive at Detroit-centered Ilitch Holdings Inc., has taken a new task.

Los Angeles-primarily based location administration firm Oak Perspective Team declared Wednesday on Twitter that Granger was hired as CEO of Oak Group Amenities as the company expands its attain at stadiums all around the place.

“Venues, arenas, and stadiums progressively play an irreplaceable job in society,” Granger said in a organized assertion. “They provide various individuals together to cheer, to sing, to vote, to protest, and to rejoice. Even further, we are seeing facilities lead the way in regions of public health, community security, and sustainability.”

Granger will continue to be in Detroit in his new part, an Ilitch spokesman reported.

Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, said in an emailed assertion that the corporation will recruit for a successor.

“Chris Granger has brought varied and distinctive programming to 1 of the most crucial and passionate marketplaces of stay sports activities and entertainment anyplace in the environment,” Chris Ilitch reported. “He and his talented group demonstrated that the exclusive electrical power of sports and leisure can be harnessed to contact lives, strengthen the group, and lift up the metropolis of Detroit. I am grateful to Chris for the abilities, leadership and passion he confirmed each and every working day.”

Granger took the job as team president of sports activities and entertainment for the Ilitch corporation in 2017 just after functioning as president and COO of the Sacramento Kings, where by he drove up earnings and oversaw growth of the Kings’ Golden 1 Centre.

With the Ilitch organization, Granger reported instantly to Chris Ilitch and oversaw the company’s portfolio of functionality venues and business enterprise functions of the Detroit Tigers and Purple Wings. Wings Standard Supervisor Steve Yzerman and Tigers GM Al Avila oversee workforce functions and report right to Ilitch.

In the course of Granger’s tenure, the are living leisure environment was shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Ilitch business suffered money losses resulting in layoffs for its athletics and entertainment organizations.

“I would like to thank Chris Ilitch for the astounding possibility to steward the enterprise operations of two legendary teams, 6 globe-class venues, and the toughest doing the job individuals in sports and leisure,” Granger said in an emailed statement. “I appear ahead to unapologetically rooting for the Tigers and Pink Wings, just as I will root for the workers of this firm, and the persons of this town, for a long time to occur.”