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Doug Rothwell

Doug Rothwell has worked as an executive in the public, private and non-profit sectors. For the past decade, he’s led Business Leaders for Michigan – a business roundtable of corporate CEO’s from the state’s largest companies working to grow jobs and the state’s economy. He’s worked for four Governors in two states, including as Delaware’s chief of staff and chief executive of Michigan’s Economic Development Corporation, in addition to chairing both incoming and outgoing gubernatorial transition teams. In the business world, he managed General Motors’ 400 million square foot global real estate portfolio and was the CAO at Bank of America’s credit card subsidiary and part of the IPO team.

Doug co-chairs Launch Michigan (Michigan’s K-12 education coalition) and serves as a director of ITC Holdings (America’s largest energy transmission company) and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. For the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Doug is an Executive-in-Residence for Economic Development, chairs the Ackland Art Museum national advisory board, and serves on the Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council. He previously chaired the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan’s Life Sciences Corridor, the American Center for Mobility and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Board of Visitors.

Doug graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of Public Administration degree, the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He’s a former Presidential Management Fellow and has received the most prestigious honors awarded by the National Governors Association and the University of Delaware for his public service.

 

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One More Item On Our 2018 To-Do List

Dec 12, 2018

Leading What’s Next… As we come to the end of another calendar year, it’s great to reflect on all that has been accomplished. We’ve made new strides in connecting business with...

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BLM releases 2018 statewide economic benchmarking data

Nov 12, 2018

DETROIT, Mich.—Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, released a major report on the state’s economic performance Monday, highlighting the impact of key policy and...

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Launch Michigan releases Phase I recommendations

Dec 22, 2019

Launch Michigan is a diverse alliance of education, labor, business and philanthropic organizations, and parents and civic leaders committed to establishing a shared agenda to ensure all Michigan stud...

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Is Michigan ready for the next recession? Not even close

Nov 19, 2019

From Crain’s Detroit – In the last couple of years, many economists have suggested that the U.S. economy could enter a recession in 2020 or 2021. Trade wars, ballooning corporate and perso...

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What actions can we take to keep accelerating Michigan’s growth?

Nov 19, 2019

That’s a wrap for another fantastic CEO Summit. Our event on Nov. 5 was aimed at figuring out what’s headed our way next: a recession? Further economic growth with new hires and business expansion...

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