As President of Ilitch Holdings since 2000 and CEO as of 2004, Christopher has led the businesses started and/or purchased by Detroit entrepreneurs Mike and/or Marian Ilitch through extensive growth. The company has grown to $3.8 billion in annual revenue and employs 24,000 colleagues.
As President & CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Christopher provides leadership and oversight to Ilitch owned companies that include the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Distribution, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development of Michigan, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program and Champion Foods. The organization also has a joint venture interest in 313 Presents. Additionally, Marian Ilitch owns Motor City Casino Hotel.
In addition to Christopher's role as President & CEO of Ilitch Holdings, he serves as Chairman & CEO of the Detroit Tigers. Under Ilitch ownership since 1992 - the team has solidified itself as one of the most iconic franchises with its rich history and tradition, and a deeply connected fan base, resulting in franchise record-setting attendance, the hosting of a Major League Baseball All-Star game, numerous playoff games and two World Series appearances.
Christopher has been involved in professional sports for more than 35 years. Serving as Vice President of the Detroit Red Wings early in his career, Christopher has firsthand experience on the importance of scouting, drafting, and developing core players. This approach led the Detroit Red Wings to 25 consecutive years of playoff appearances and four Stanley Cup Championships.
Christopher regularly attends and actively participates in Major League Baseball owner meetings and serves on a variety of MLB committees including: Competition, Long-Term Strategic, Audit, Ownership, and Legislative Affairs.
He fully supports the Tigers' commitment to enhancing data, analytics and advanced technologies. He embraces the team's emphasis on scouting, drafting, and the development of young talent to build an infrastructure that will lead to sustainable success, with the goal of delivering World Series titles to the loyal Tigers fan base.
As a focused leader and an innovative thinker, Christopher has a bold vision to create a preeminent and influential sports and entertainment company that delivers best-in-class experiences across the Ilitch companies' sports and entertainment franchises, including the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Red Wings, and its 313 Presents joint venture.
Christopher has been actively engaged in several large-scale sporting events in Detroit, including the 2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four Hockey Championship (co-chair), the 2009 NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball Tournament, Super Bowl XL and the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star game (chair).
Christopher cast a bold and long-term vision for The District Detroit - a transformative development effort designed to bring sports, entertainment and economic vitality to the area between downtown and Midtown Detroit. The District Detroit is home to the award-winning and state-of-the art Little Caesars arena, Comerica Park, the new Mike Ilitch School of Business, Little Caesars world headquarters campus and will include residential, commercial and retail spaces.
He is actively engaged in the community and numerous charitable causes as Chairman of Ilitch Charities, a nonprofit organization focused on developing communities and enhancing lives. The Ilitch organization and its foundations have given $190 million in grants and giving since 2000.
He is an active Business Leader across the state of Michigan and in the City of Detroit. He serves on the on the board, executive committee and nominating committee for Business Leaders for Michigan and the board and executive committee for the Downtown Detroit Partnership. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Detroit Economic Club.
Christopher holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Passionate about baseball his entire life, Christopher was a captain of his high school baseball team at Cranbrook and coached his sons' youth baseball teams.
Christopher and his wife, Kelle, have three children and reside in metro Detroit.