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MN-based Carlson, owner of Radisson and Country Inn, gets new leadership

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The CEO and president of Carlson, the Minneapolis-based global hospitality and travel company, is retiring this spring. And with her retirement the company announced a new management structure.

Trudy Rautio, the second non-family member to ever run the company, will retire May 1. And that's when Carlson will implement its new leadership structure, Carlson announced in a news release Thursday.

Instead of one CEO reporting to the board, the company will have two – one for each of the company's business platforms, hotels and travel management.

David P. Berg, who has been chief operating officer at Carlson, will become CEO for Carlson Hospitality, responsible for leading and managing the company's global hotel business – which includes Radisson and Country Inns and Suites – and be responsible for the Carlson corporate center and its functions.

Doug Anderson will become president and CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Paris, France, which Carlson acquired 100 percent ownership of during Rautio's tenure.

Total revenue for the company – which operates more than 1,350 hotels across the world and owns TGI Fridays – was $37.1 billion, according to the most recent figures.

“As Carlson begins this new chapter in our company’s 77-year history, the Carlson board of directors, the family shareholders and I are confident that Doug Anderson and David Berg, operating in the new structure, will provide outstanding leadership to sustain Carlson’s growth and performance," Diana Nelson, chair of the Carlson board, said in the release.

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