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Paul Kirwin Named President, Carlson Asia Pacific; 
Will Establish Singapore Headquarters for Carlson Hotel, 
Marketing and Restaurant Operations

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MINNEAPOLIS (January 28, 2005) - Carlson Companies has promoted veteran Paul Kirwin to the newly created position of President, Carlson Asia Pacific.  Kirwin will be responsible for leading the coordinated development of all of Carlson's business interests in the Asia Pacific region.
 
A longtime veteran of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Kirwin relocated to Singapore after he was named president and managing director of Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific in 2002.

"Paul's new role reflects an organizational first for our company," said Carlson President and Chief Operating Officer Curtis Nelson. "Rather than have responsibility for one area of our business, Paul will lead a matrixed organization representing all of our business units."

Kirwin also will retain his title of President, 


Paul Kirwin
Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific. He will establish a Singapore office that will serve as headquarters for Carlson hotel, marketing and restaurant operations in the region and begin establishing a shared services model to handle the common human resources, information technology, finance and strategic sourcing processes for Carlson's regional businesses.

Carlson Companies is a global leader in the marketing, business and leisure travel and hospitality industries.

Among the names in the Carlson family of brands and services are: Carlson Marketing Group®, Peppers & Rogers Group, Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, Carlson Destination Marketing Services, Carlson Leisure Travel Services, CW Government Travel, Results Travel, Regent® International Hotels, Radisson® Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson®, Park Inn® hotels, Cruise Holidays, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises®, and T.G.I. Friday's®  and Pick Up Stix® restaurants. Carlson Companies' 2003 systemwide sales under the brands (including franchises) totaled $20.9 billion, while sales from the company's owned and operated divisions totaled $6.8 billion. 

With headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Carlson Companies was recognized by Working Mother magazine as one of the "100 best companies for working mothers" in 2001 through 2004.
www.carlson.com


 
Contact:
Sam Macalus
Director of Public Relations
PH: 763-212-2477
smacalus@carlson.com
www.carlson.com
Also See: Carlson Hotel's Regent Brand Tries for Comeback in Thailand Market / November 2004
Carlson Hospitality Worldwide Achieves System-wide Sales of $6.6 billion in Year 2002, Adds 153 Locations to its Brands / Feb 2003


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