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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 – the state’s business roundtable.  He’s served four Governors, including as Delaware’s Chief of Staff, President of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and chair of Governor Rick Snyder’s transition team.  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.

Doug chairs the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, chairs the American Center for Mobility (an autonomous and connected vehicle test site), is chair-elect of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Board of Visitors, and serves on the Board of Advisors for UNC athletics, and the management board of the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund.

Doug graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters 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, the Michigan Economic Developers Association and the University of Delaware for his public service.

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Change: Resist It At Our Peril

Aug 8, 2016

To achieve the most positive gains for our state, we must plan for the future and embrace change. Michigan has the assets to thrive in the emerging economy, if we have the collective will to recognize...

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MI CEO Summit Keynote Speakers Announced 

Aug 1, 2016

Two globally-acclaimed business leaders will headline the fifth annual Michigan CEO Summit to be held November 10, 2016 at The Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. ...

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BLM Website Updated to Reflect House Candidates’ Level of Support for Plan to Build a New Michigan

Jul 22, 2016

In preparation for the state’s August 2 primary election, the Business Leaders for Michigan Political Action Committee II today released an updated section of the Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM)...

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