Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure
Company Overview of Carlson Companies, Inc.
Carlson Companies, Inc., a hospitality and travel company, owns and operates hotels and restaurants primarily in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It also offers business travel management services for companies, government institutions, and non-governmental organizations. Carlson Companies, Inc. was formerly known as Gold Bond Stamp Company and changed its name to Carlson Companies, Inc. in 1973. The company was founded in 1938 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Carlson Companies, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Carlson Holdings, Inc.
701 Carlson Parkway
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Founded in 1938
Key Executives for Carlson Companies, Inc.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Wagonlit Travel and President of Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide and President of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.
Carlson Companies, Inc. Key Developments
Carlson Appoints Matt Zaruba as Chief Information Security Officer
Jan 31 14
Carlson announced the appointment of Matt Zaruba as chief information security officer. He will report directly to Steve Brown, chief information and innovation officer. Zaruba will lead the company's information security strategies to create and maintain an environment that safeguards the assets, confidential information and intellectual property of Carlson. He will work within the company's information security framework to direct the planning, development and implementation of global security policy and technical security architecture. This includes setting policy, standards and guidelines related to proprietary information, communication systems, data security and integrating security architecture into the ongoing Technology/Security plan. Most recently, Zaruba served as director, Information Security and Disaster Recovery for Jack Henry & Associates Inc.
Carlson Appoints David Berg as Chief Operating Officer
Dec 23 13
Carlson announced the appointment of David Berg as chief operating officer. He will report directly to Trudy Rautio, president and chief executive officer, Carlson. Berg will be responsible for leading and managing the global hotel business and have the global hotel team reporting directly to him. He will also participate in other strategic initiatives for the company, including working with key leaders to develop and implement their strategic initiatives for growth. Most recently, Berg served as CEO and chief customer service officer for the fastest growing reseller of Verizon services. Previously, he worked as executive vice president and president of Outback Steakhouse International, with full P&L responsibility for over 200 restaurants in 20 countries generating international system-wide revenues of over $700 million. David also revamped franchise growth and support strategies in order to grow the total portfolio of multi-concept restaurants, which included more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Berg currently serves on the board of directors for Imation and the Miller Retailing Center at the University of Florida.
Carlson Mulls Acquisitions
Dec 17 13
Carlson Companies, Inc. appointed Tony Pellegrin as Senior Vice President of corporate development. He will report directly to Trudy Rautio, President And Chief Executive Officer, Carlson. "We are excited to welcome Tony into a pivotal role in the company as we continue to explore opportunities for strategic options to drive growth," explained Rautio. "He brings us broad experience in strategic, financial, operational and legal matters, and comprehensive experience driving a broad range of strategic transactions and other high-impact initiatives." Pellegrin will source and analyze potential acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures that align with Carlson's strategies and seek investment opportunities that support shareholder objectives. He also will be instrumental in formulating long range strategic plans for the company. Pellegrin will identify opportunities to drive growth as he works closely with the presidents of Carlson's business units.
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