Ilitch School adds executives from Lear, PwC to its Board of Visitors

The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business is proud to welcome Timothy Pratcshler and Mike Shanlikian to its Board of Visitors. Board of Visitors members serve at the invitation of the dean. Their role is to advise and support the dean on the strategic direction and advancement of the school.

About Tim Pratcshler

Tim Pratcshler is a principal in the Detroit office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focuses on serving both publicly traded and privately held companies on matters related to multistate income and franchise tax. Pratcshler, who also co-leads PwC’s national multistate controversy practice, joined PricewaterhouseCoopers State and Local Tax practice in 2003.

Pratcshler has more than 17 years of experience in various areas of state and local taxation. His experience includes the areas of income/franchise taxes, sales/use taxes, and other state taxes such as premiums tax and motor fuels tax. As it relates to these taxes, his project experience includes automation, compliance, controversy, nexus, restructuring and refund reviews on a multistate basis for companies engaged in industrial products, retail, financial services, private equity, insurance, technology and other service industries. 

Pratcshler received his B.A. from Hiram College and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and is a member of the taxation section of the State Bar of Michigan.

About Mike Shanlikian

Mike Shanlikian is a vice president at Lear Corporation with financial responsibilities in the Seating Division. In this position, he is responsible for the integrity of financial reporting and partnering with the operating and commercial leadership team to meet or exceed all financial targets for the business.

Since joining Lear in 2000, Shanlikian has held a series of positions with increasing responsibility at Lear such as vice president, Asia Seating Finance and vice president, North America Seating Finance. Prior to his current position, Shanlikian served as the lead for the Surface Materials (fabric, foam, leather, cut and sew, and non-automotive) business segment of the Seating Division.

Shanlikian earned his bachelor’s degree from the Mike Ilitch School of Business and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.

About the Mike Ilitch School of Business

The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers, advances the boundaries of scholarly and practitioner knowledge, and enhances the economic vitality of the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and beyond through its programs, research and community engagement. Established in 1946, the business school was renamed in 2015 in recognition of a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch. Thanks to this lead investment, the school moved to a new state-of-the-art building in the heart of the District Detroit in 2018, and academic programming and collaboration with city businesses are expanding. For more information, visit

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