Carlson appoints David Berg as chief operating officer

Minneapolis | December 23, 2013

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced the appointment of David Berg as chief operating officer for Carlson.  He will report directly to Trudy Rautio, president and chief executive officer, Carlson.

“David brings to Carlson a broad set of leadership capabilities including growing businesses and leading organizations through strategic change to deliver results and build long-term shareholder value,” explained Rautio.

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.

Additionally, Berg served as COO of GNC with 7,200 retail locations around the world and revenues of $1.8 billion. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Best Buy International, leading the $13 billion international division for the global retailer.

Berg currently serves on the board of directors for Imation and the Miller Retailing Center at the University of Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University and Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law.

About Carlson
Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels in operation and development, including, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Park Plaza®; Park Inn® by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni; more than 900 TGI Fridays® restaurants; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and territories and its brands employ more than 175,000 people. http://www.carlson.com

Contact
Ben Gardeen, Carlson, +1 (763) 212-8129, bgardeen@carlson.com

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