Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 3, 2017

Carlson Inc., a global travel company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jude Buckley to its board of directors (the Board). The appointment is effective immediately.

Currently, Buckley leads the Worldwide Sales group within the Consumer and Device Sales organization for Microsoft Corporation. He works directly with retail, OEM, mobile operators, and distribution partners around the world to create new business opportunities and customer experiences through Windows, Xbox, Office, Surface and partner devices.  Buckley brings nearly 25 years of experience in various omni-channel retail business endeavors to the Board.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2014, Mr. Buckley served as chief commercial officer at Best Buy. Previous to Best Buy, he served as managing director with Carphone Warehouse in Sweden.

"We are excited to welcome Jude Buckley to the Carlson board of directors," Carlson Chair Diana Nelson said. "His strong business acumen, experience with technology, and deep understanding of the customer experience will make him a valuable advisor."

Buckley graduated from the University of Queensland with a degree in Commerce and earned an advanced finance degree from the Queensland University of Technology.

The Carlson board of directors also includes: Brad Anderson, retired CEO, Best Buy; Geoffrey Carlson Gage, founder and president of Geoffrey Carlson Gage Brand Communications; Richard Carlson Gage, founder and chief executive officer,; Scott Carlson Gage, chair, Carlson Real Estate Board and co-chair and co-chief executive officer Carlson Holdings, Inc.; Laura M. Born, board of trustees chair Columbia Acorn Trust and Wanger Advisors Trust; Wendy Nelson, Carlson Family Foundation chairwoman; and Michael T.P. Sweeney, former CEO, Steinway & Sons and former president & CEO, Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc.

About Carlson
Now in its third generation of closely-held family ownership, Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and territories throughout the world. A global leader in the travel industry, the foundation of the Carlson portfolio of businesses is the world’s premier business and travel management company, Carlson Wagonlit Travel. For more information, visit

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