Carlson Hospitality CEO Retires After 18 Years; COO Steps Up
Trudy Rautio, president and CEO of hospitality and travel company Carlson, will retire effective May 1, after 18 years with the company. She will be succeeded by current COO David P. Berg. "We are grateful for Trudy's many contributions over nearly two decades of service at Carlson," said Diana Nelson, chair of the Carlson board. "Trudy has also been a respected role model and leader for our industry, and a staunch supporter of key travel and tourism issues, including combatting human trafficking, workforce development and job creation." Carlson will change its leadership structure somewhat to coincide with Rautio's retirement: Berg will assume CEO duties of Carlson Hospitality, including the hotel business and corporate centers, and report directly to the Carlson board. At that time, Doug Anderson, president and CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, will begin reporting directly to the board of directors. Carlson acquired an outstanding stake in CWT last year and now owns 100 percent of the travel management company.