Granger Moves To Detroit

Former Sacramento Kings president snagged by Ilitch Holdings

  • by Brad Weissberg
  • Published: August 29, 2017

2915d72.jpgChris Granger.

Chris Granger has been hired by Ilitch Holdings, Inc., the company behind the new Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, as group president for sports and entertainment.

Granger left his position as president of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Sacramento (Calif.) Kings in June. He was in charge of the business operations of the team and led the effort to build the Kings’ new arena, Golden 1 Center, which opened in October 2016.

Granger said he will work with Chris Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, “to optimize the fan and partner experience at all Ilitch-related venues; to grow, recruit and retain the significant talent in the business side of the company's sports and entertainment organizations; and to collaborate with partners to ensure highly active, attractive and community-focused venues."

Prior to this, Granger had had a 14-year career as an executive in the NBA's league offices where he led the team marketing and business operations, advising NBA, Women’s National Basketball League (WNBA) and NBA Development League teams on all aspects of business operations, including ticket, suite and digital sales, sponsor development, customer retention and marketing.

"I'm excited to join Ilitch Holdings at this unprecedented period of growth and opportunity," said Granger. "This organization knows how to do things right for fans, partners and the community, and I look forward to contributing to the dynamic, transformative and impactful work underway."

  • by Brad Weissberg
  • Published: August 29, 2017