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Rautio takes over at Carlson

Rautio takes over at Carlson

Directors at Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis have announced the election of Trudy Rautio as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Rautio is only the fifth chief executive to be named at Carlson in its 74-year history.

Rautio has been a senior executive with Carlson for 15 years and, for the past eight years, has served as executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer of Carlson, where she has been responsible for directing all financial and information technology operations of the company. 

She serves on the boards of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) and The Rezidor Hotel Group - Carlson’s majority-owned hotel group in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In announcing the appointment, Carlson’s chair of the board, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, said: “The Carlson board of directors is extremely pleased to continue the strong momentum that we have been building through Ambition 2015.

“Carlson is ahead of plan and Trudy is the ideal leader to continue our robust strategies for continued success and profitability.”

She replaces Hubert Joly, who has been president and chief executive officer of Carlson since 2008.

Joly resigned from the position to pursue other career opportunities.

Rautio is Carlson’s second female president and chief executive officer.

The first was Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Carlson’s current board chair and co-owner.

Nelson noted: “Trudy has the full confidence and support of the Carlson family and board of directors. 

“We are poised to accelerate our growth and Trudy has the experience, leadership and vision for Carlson’s exciting next chapter.”