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Chris Ilitch, CEO Ilitch Companies, announced today that experienced communications executive Steve Kinkade is joining Ilitch Companies as its Chief Communications Officer. 

Kinkade will oversee planning, strategy and execution as it relates to Ilitch Companies communications, stakeholder engagement and philanthropic efforts. 

“As the Ilitch Companies continue to grow, we look forward to amplifying our impact in the communities we serve,” said Chris Ilitch.

With 12 operating businesses employing tens of thousands of colleagues around the world, Ilitch Companies are world leaders in the food, sports and entertainment, gaming and other industries. 

“Steve’s background, skills, and experience will make him a strong addition to our team,” continued Ilitch, “helping us deepen charitable, engagement and other meaningful initiatives.” Kinkade brings nearly 30 years of experience to his new role. Previously, Kinkade held various executive and management positions with Bridgestone Americas, Honda and Acura brands, and Ford Motor Company.

“I’m excited to join Ilitch Companies,” said Kinkade. “I look forward to helping lead our communication, engagement and philanthropic efforts and propel the organization towards continued success.”  

A Michigan native, Kinkade earned his undergraduate degree in journalism and public relations from Grand Valley State University, his master’s degree in management from the Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration and his MBA from Michigan State University. He and his family reside in the Detroit area.