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October 06, 2015 7:05 AM ET

Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure

Company Overview of Carlson Companies, Inc.

Company Overview

Carlson Companies, Inc. engages in the operation of hotels and providing business travel management services in the United States and internationally. It operates luxury hotels, lifestyle hotels, upscale hotels, midscale hotels, and upper midscale hotels. The company’s business travel management services include optimizing travel programs; providing service and assistance to travelers; and services ranging from day-to-day logistics for rotational crews and other personnel to contingency planning and crisis management, and ongoing travel program optimization. It also offers meetings and events services in the areas of events, venue sourcing, group travel, and strategic meetings management. Ca...

701 Carlson Parkway

Minnetonka, MN 55305

United States

Founded in 1938





Key Executives for Carlson Companies, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Wagonlit Travel and President of Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Age: 59
Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide and President of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide
Age: 56
Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Hospitality Group
Age: 54
President of T G I Friday's and Chief Opeating Officer of T G I Friday's
President of T G I Friday's International and Chief Operating Officer of T G I Friday's International
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Carlson Companies, Inc. Key Developments

Carlson Appoints Three New Board Members

Carlson has announced the appointment of Laura Born, Sam Gilliland and Scott Gage to the board of directors. Born currently serves as chair of the boards of trustees of two registered investment companies, Columbia Acorn Trust and Wanger Advisors Trust. In addition, she is an associate adjunct professor of finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Born worked for 16 years at JP Morgan Chase & Co. (until June 2007) as an investment banker in both New York and Chicago. Gage is currently chair of the Carlson Real Estate board. He is also co-chair and co-CEO of Carlson Holdings Inc., and serves on the boards of Gage Marketing and The StepUp Program at Augsburg College. He is also vice president of the board of the Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation. Prior to his current board roles, he worked in strategic marketing for Gage Group. Gilliland is currently an executive partner with Siris Capital Group, a technology-focused private equity firm. He previously served as chairman and CEO of Sabre for nearly 10 years. Gilliland also serves on the boards of Rackspace Hosting Inc. and Gogo Inc.

Carlson Announces Management Changes, Effective May 1, 2015

Carlson announced that Trudy Rautio, president and chief executive officer, will retire from the company effective May 1, 2015, after 18 years of service. Effective May 1, David P. Berg, chief operating officer of the company will be promoted and assume duties as chief executive officer for Carlson Hospitality reporting to the company's board. Berg will have responsibility for leading and managing the global hotel business and also assumes responsibility for the Carlson corporate center and its functions. Effective May 1, Doug Anderson, president and CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, will report directly to the company's board of directors.

Carlson Appoints Trudy Rautio as New Director

Carlson has appointed Trudy Rautio to its board of directors. Prior to her current role as president and CEO, Rautio served as executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer of Carlson since 2005. Rautio serves on the board of directors of Carlson.

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