Carlson Elects Michael T.P. Sweeney to Board of Directors

Minneapolis | May 9, 2013

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., announced today that Michael T.P. Sweeney has been elected to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.  The Carlson Board includes six Carlson family directors, four independent directors and Carlson President and CEO Trudy Rautio.

Sweeney currently serves as chairman and interim CEO of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. and is also chairman of the Board for Star Tribune Media Holdings, the parent company of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  He is also a director of First Solar, Inc., where he chairs the Compensation Committee. 

“This is an exciting time of momentum for Carlson. Each of our businesses is focused on our ambitions for growth and performance.  Mike’s broad business expertise, thoughtful perspective and his deep board experience will be an asset to Carlson.  As we celebrate our seventy-fifth year in business, I look forward to working with Mike to lead the company into its next generation,” said Diana L. Nelson, Carlson Chairman. 

Of his election to the board, Sweeney said, “I’m delighted to join the Carlson Board of Directors.  Carlson has long been among Minnesota’s most important companies, backed by strong family leadership and involvement.”

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Sweeney serves as a trustee of the Walker Art Center.  He and his wife, Elizabeth Perlich Sweeney, have four children.

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 T.G.I. Friday’s® 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: Heather Faulkner, Senior Director External Affairs, hfaulkner@carlson.com or + 1 (763) 212-1224

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