Carlson management changes at the top

Trudy Rautio

Trudy Rautio

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — There are big changes afoot in Carlson’s executive suite as the company announced on March 5 that president and CEO Trudy Rautio will retire on May 1, and Carlson chief operating officer David P. Berg will assume duties as chief executive officer for Carlson Hospitality, reporting to the Carlson board.

In addition, Carlson announced on March 2 the appointment of Greg O’Stean as chief development officer, reporting directly to Javier Rosenberg, chief operating officer and executive vice-president, Americas.

During Rautio’s tenure as Carlson CEO, the launched the Radisson Red and Quorvus Collection hotel brands; sold the TGI Fridays brand; and acquired 100 per cent ownership of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT).

Following Rautio’s retirement, Carlson will implement a new leadership structure. There will be dedicated chief executive officers two key business platforms: travel and hospitality. Incoming CEO Berg will have responsibility for leading and managing the global hotel business and also assumes responsibility for the Carlson corporate centre and its functions.