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Mike Duggan

Former CEO, Detroit Medical Center

mike dugganMike Duggan is perhaps the Detroit area’s most successful turnaround specialist, having rescued Michigan’s largest county, a regional transportation system and the state’s top medical center from financial collapse. In each of these cases, Duggan was able to cut costs without significant layoffs, improve services and chart a path to new levels of success. He also is a highly respected negotiator and fighter for the city of Detroit on the issues of crime, public transportation, health care, workers’ rights, recreational opportunities and more.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Duggan, a Detroit native, resisted the urge to follow many of his friends to jobs in other states. Instead, he chose to commit his life’s work to improving conditions for people of Detroit and surrounding communities.

Duggan became president and CEO of the Detroit Medical Center in January 2004, when the system was facing the planned closure of two of its flagship hospitals (Receiving & Hutzel) and thousands of layoffs after having lost nearly $500 million over the previous five years. Under Duggan’s leadership, the DMC made a profit for the first time since 1997, and has been profitable every year since.