Peter Karmanos, Jr.
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March 11, 1943 |
|Occupation||CEO of Compuware Corporation|
|Known for||owner of the Carolina Hurricanes and Plymouth Whalers|
Peter Karmanos, Jr. (born March 11, 1943) is the CEO of Compuware Corporation and owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, Plymouth Whalers and Florida Everblades hockey franchises. On June 7, 2011, Karmanos announced that he will relinquish the CEO position on June 20 to become executive chairman.
Born into a Greek immigrant family, Karmanos did not start speaking English until he was in grade school. He graduated from Wayne State University and founded Compuware, a software company based in Detroit in 1973, with two partners, Thomas Thewes and Allen Cutting.
Karmanos cofounded the Detroit Compuware Hockey organization in the late 1970s with Thewes. The organization includes all levels of hockey from recreational to AAA and Junior A. The Ontario Hockey League awarded an expansion franchise on December 11, 1989 to be known as the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors. The team later became the Detroit Junior Red Wings, Detroit Whalers and are now called the Plymouth Whalers.
Karmanos purchased the Hartford Whalers in 1994. At the time, Karmanos had committed to keeping the team in Hartford for at least four years. Connecticut's then-governor Lowell P. Weicker announced that Karmanos would be critical for the team to stay in Hartford. Weicker later became a member of the Compuware Board of Directors. Karmanos was unable to sell 11,000 season tickets in Hartford during the 1995–1996 NHL season and announced the team would leave Hartford before a new city had been found if the Whalers were unable to sell 11,000 season tickets for the 1996–1997 season. The team was moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and renamed the Carolina Hurricanes following the 1996–1997 season. As a result, Karmanos is still reviled by many people in Connecticut.
Karmanos' also sponsors youth hockey programs in Michigan. Under his backing, Karmanos' youth hockey teams have accumulated numerous state, national and international tournaments.
He donated money to the Michigan Cancer Foundation, which was renamed the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in 1995 in memory of his first wife, Barbara Ann Karmanos, who died of breast cancer in 1989.
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