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Ilitch Companies Elevates COO to CEO of Ilitch Sports + Entertainment


Mar 26, 2024

Ryan Gustafson has been named the president and CEO of Ilitch Sports + Entertainment by Ilitch Companies, a promotion from his previous role as executive vice president and chief operating officer. In this new role, Gustafson will oversee business operations for the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, and the Fox Theatre. He will also be responsible for managing the joint venture interest in 313 Presents and overseeing the business operations for the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Tigers’ Single-A affiliate.

The company stated that there are currently no immediate plans to announce a successor for Gustafson’s previous role as EVP and COO. His leadership style, business acumen, and passion for enhancing the fan experience have led to great success during his time with the company. Chris Ilitch, CEO of Ilitch Companies, expressed excitement for Gustafson’s continued success as he leads Ilitch Sports + Entertainment into the future.

During his time with the company, Gustafson has been instrumental in the renovation and expansion of the home clubhouse at Comerica Park. He has also contributed to significant upgrades in field lighting, outfield wall reconfiguration, and audio and video system enhancements. In the future, he will be involved in planning a new dormitory at the Lakeland complex and a new baseball academy in the Dominican Republic.

Gustafson joined the Ilitch organization in 2022 after working with the San Diego Padres and Seattle Sounders. His experience in strategic planning and revenue generation spans 15 years in the sports industry. Gustafson expressed pride in bringing together iconic sports and entertainment brands to fulfill the mission of Ilitch Sports + Entertainment to amaze, inspire, and unite communities both locally and globally.

Ilitch Companies has announced that Ryan Gustafson will lead them and is expected to produce significant results under his guidance, Chris Ilitch expressed his confidence in his abilities, and together, they aim to continue to entertain and engage their community.

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