DETROIT, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. announced today veteran real estate development and management executive Steve Marquardt has been named Vice President of Olympia Development of Michigan and John Hahn, former Senior Director of Communications for the Detroit Red Wings, has been named Vice President of Corporate Communications at Ilitch Holdings, Inc. Both appointments are effective September 30, 2013.
Marquardt brings 25 years of industry experience in development and management of global real estate portfolios to his role at Olympia Development of Michigan. He most recently was Vice President of Real Estate, Facilities and Administration at Compuware where he managed 100 properties in 35 countries and led the design, construction and leasing of the $400 million, 1 million square foot headquarters building in downtown Detroit and the subsequent development of Campus Martius Park. Prior to Compuware, Marquardt was Director of Facilities for Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor where he tripled the organization's real estate footprint and led human resources, finance and IT functions.
"We are a growing organization with a long history of notable investments in the community including the renovation of the Fox Theatre, development of Comerica Park and now the proposed Detroit Events Center and surrounding district. Steve is a proven, highly experienced real estate professional who has successfully led and managed several large-scale development projects in downtown Detroit. His experience aligns well with the historical and future development work of our company—investing in projects that have a positive and lasting impact on our community. We've got a great team at Olympia Development and Steve will be a terrific addition to it," said Christopher Ilitch.
Hahn brings 29 years of public relations experience, including 16 with various Ilitch companies, to his new role as Vice President of Corporate Communications at Ilitch Holdings. As Senior Director of Communications for the Detroit Red Wings, he managed communications and community relations activities for the team through three Stanley Cup Championships, as well as serving dual roles at the Detroit Tigers in 2001 and Olympia Development in 2013.
"John has brought tremendous value to our organization over the past 16 years, and has taken on increased responsibility recently to support key corporate initiatives while still managing communications and community relations activities for the Red Wings. His experience and deep involvement and dedication to the Detroit community will be a tremendous asset to our growing businesses. In his new role, John will lead the development and implementation of all internal and external communication strategies, plans and programs in support of our companies' business goals and objectives," said Christopher Ilitch.
Prior to joining the Detroit Red Wings, Hahn worked with several highly visible and successful organizations including Churchill Downs; the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. when the Hurricanes captured three national championships in football; and the Michigan State University Spartan hockey team during their 1986 national championship season.
About Olympia Development of Michigan
Olympia Development of Michigan is a Detroit‐based full‐service real estate company owned by Detroit entrepreneurs Michael and Marian Ilitch. The company is responsible for developing and investing in some of Detroit's most recognized and visited venues, including the nationally acclaimed Comerica Park. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods, Ilitch Holdings and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.
About Ilitch Holdings, Inc
Ilitch Holdings, Inc. was established in 1999 to provide companies owned by Michael and/or Marian Ilitch with professional services. The Ilitch companies represent leading brands in the food, sports and entertainment industries and include Little Caesars Pizza, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Uptown Entertainment, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program and Olympia Development. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.
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