Office of Innovate Carolina

Doug Rothwell

Executive-in-Residence for Economic Development, Office of Innovate Carolina

Doug Rothwell is an executive-in-residence for economic development with Innovate Carolina. He also serves as President & CEO of 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 is a director of ITC Holdings (America’s largest energy transmission company) and Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and serves on the national advisory boards of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC) Ackland Art Museum and Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council. He previously chaired the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan’s Life Sciences Corridor, the American Center for Mobility and UNC’s Board of Visitors.

Doug graduated from the UNC with a Master of Public Administration degree, the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s 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.