Carlson CEO Trudy Rautio will add another line to her resume under service as a corporate director: Wayzata-based Cargill announced this week that it elected her to its board, the sixth on which Rautio now serves.
Rautio has been a senior executive at the Minnetonka-based travel and hospitality giant since 1997 and became president and CEO in 2012 after serving as executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer there since 2005.
"We are delighted that Trudy is joining Cargill's board. Her strong financial background, depth of global business experience and leadership qualities make her a wonderful addition to the board," Cargill Executive Chairman Greg Page said in a news release.
In joining Cargill’s board, Rautio will help direct the country’s largest private company: the food and agribusiness firm topped Forbes’ annual list of largest private companies last month for the 28th time.
Rautio was named a TCB Outstanding Director in 2013 for her service on the St. Paul-based Securian Finacial Group board as it navigated the 2008 financial crisis.
She is also a director at Carlson, the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Donaldson Company and the Bemidji State University Foundation.
She will be the sixth independent director of Cargill’s 17-person board. As an independent director, she joins Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson, former United Technologies Corporation CEO Louis Chenevert, former Medtronic CEO Arthur Collins, Wells Fargo & Company Chairman Emeritus Richard Kovacevich and former Wyeth executive Bernard Poussot.

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