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Doug Rothwell To GM Real Estate Czar

December 5, 2002

Rothwell Joins GM’s Real Estate and Economic Development Team

Rothwell joins GM’s real estate and economic development team

DETROIT – General Motors today announced it has named Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Doug Rothwell executive director of Worldwide Real Estate effective Jan. 1.

Rothwell, 46, has spearheaded Michigan’s economic development programs since 1993 when he was appointed by Gov. John Engler to oversee the Michigan Jobs Commission, which later became the MEDC.

In his new position, Rothwell will oversee GM’s 350 million square foot global real estate portfolio. Rothwell also will focus on economic development efforts in communities that are key to GM business. He will report to Matthew Cullen, general manager for GM Economic Development & Enterprise Services.

“Doug Rothwell has a proven track record,’’ Cullen said. “He brings with him a wealth of experience in the real estate development market and has made Michigan a leader in attracting and retaining businesses. That experience and his understanding of the economic development process make him a great addition to our team.’’

During Rothwell’s tenure, the MEDC lead the nation in new or expanded business locations for five years in a row, according to Site Selection Magazine. The American Economic Development Council has named him Outstanding Economic Developer of the Year.

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