Trudy Rautio

President and CEO

Rautio was tapped by Carlson board chairwoman Marilyn Carlson Nelson in 2012, and it’s now apparent her job is to reinvigorate the company’s travel and hospitality roots after a recession that hit the hotel industry hard. Rautio in May engineered the sale of the TGI Fridays, and the next month announced the acquisition of a 100 percent ownership stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Her goal: More cash to invest in the Radisson hotel chain and to solidify Carlson’s position in the travel space.