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Biographical Profile - Doug Rothwell

Doug Rothwell is a proven leader with over twenty-five year's executive experience in both the public and private sectors. He has created or transformed business units as diverse as economic development and real estate to human resources and strategic planning in the banking, automotive and government sectors. He has worked as a senior executive for two Fortune 50 companies and served as a cabinet member of three state Administrations.

Currently, Doug is President of Detroit Renaissance - a private, non-profit organization that promotes regional economic development and is composed of the Detroit region's major corporate leaders.

Previously, Doug served as Executive Director of Worldwide Real Estate for General Motors. In this role, Doug had responsibility for the direction and oversight of the Corporation's property acquisition, leasing and site selection activities and for the disposition and redevelopment of surplus properties. GM's real estate portfolio of 400 million square feet is the largest private sector property portfolio in the world.

In addition, Doug was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. During this time, Michigan was named the number one state for attracting and retaining corporate site location investments an unprecedented five years in a row, was cited for achieving one of the top business climates in the nation and was consistently named the best state economic development agency. Doug also was Executive Vice President of MBNA America Bank and a member of the team that took the company public, Chief of Staff for the Governor of Delaware and a Presidential Management Fellow.

Doug holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and attended the John F. Kennedy School's residential program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.

Doug's record in public service has been recognized by the National Governors' Association's Outstanding Service to State Government Award and the University of Delaware President's Award for Public Service. His work has also been recognized by a number of diverse organizations ranging from being named Environmentalist of the Year by the Delaware Nature Society to CEO of the Year by the Automation Alley technology cluster.

He serves on numerous boards, including the Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, University of North Carolina's School of Government Foundation, University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, and several University of Michigan national advisory boards. He also is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Michigan Business School.

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