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Trudy Rautio retires from Carlson

The American hotel and travel giant has announced the departure of Trudy Rautio from her position as the group's President and CEO, and the creation of a new organization structure with two key business platforms and thus two leaders for the company.

After eighteen years at Carlson, with the last three spent as President, Trudy Rautio has retired from the company at age 63, starting May 1, 2015. To ensure the transition period, she will remain non-exectutive president of Board of Directors for Carlson Hotel Partner and The Rezidor Hotel Group. This Brussels-based subsisidary is managed by Wolfgang Neumann.

Trudy Rautio is the group's fifth president, having succeeded Hubert Joly, in 2012 when he left for Best Buy, the American equivalent of Darty. These years at the head of the group were marked by the launch of two new hotel brands (Radisson Red and Quorvus Collection, after the abandon of Hotel Missoni) and the acquisition of 100% of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), through the takeover of shares owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co in 2014.

The departure of Trudy Rautio will mark a turning point for the Carlson group, with the new organisation separating its two key business platforms: travel and hospitality. Thus, the position of president and CEO of Carlson Hospitality will go to David P. Berg, currently COO Carlson. He will lead and manage the global hotel business as well as the Carlson Corporate Center. Doug Anderson, meanwhile, will be president and CEO of CWT.

On January 1, 2014, Carlson Rezidor, combined the American brands and the subsidiary The Rezidor Hotel Group (responible for development in EMEA) through Regent, Radisson Blu, Radisson Green, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inn. To this day it is the 10th hotel group worldwide in terms of number of rooms, according to the ranking realized each year by MKG Hospitality, consulting firm founded by Georges Panayotis. It had more than 1,000 hotels for some 170,000 chambres. (read our report)

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