Tom Lewand

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Thomas J. Lewand is a Detroit-area business leader and a former executive for the Detroit Lions. The son of lawyer and Detroit economic development leader F. Thomas Lewand, [1] Tom Lewand began his career with the Detroit Lions in 1995. [2] By 2008, he was serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. On December 29, 2008 he was named President of the Detroit Lions , succeeding Matt Millen, after the team finished the first 0-16 season in NFL history. [3] [4] In his role as president, Lewand oversaw all aspects of the Lions organization. Lewand was fired by the Lions on November 5, 2015. [5]


Post-Lions Career

In 2016, Lewand was appointed the CEO of Detroit-based leather and watch company Shinola. [6] He served in that role until the end of 2019. [7] Since March 2020, Lewand has served as the CEO of the Marygrove Conservancy, the non-profit the continues to operate the former Marygrove College campus in Detroit. [8] In September 2021, Lewand took on additional work and returned to the football world as a consultant to Major League Football, a spring football league. [9]


In his formal education, Lewand holds B.A. (1991), J.D., and M.B.A. degrees (1996) from the University of Michigan. He is married with four daughters. [10]

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