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Yvonne La Penotiere Appointed President
of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, the Americas

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June 22, 2005 - Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced the promotion of Yvonne La Penotiere, formerly executive vice president of brand marketing, to the position of president of Carlson Hotels Worldwide-the Americas. The appointment was announced by Jay Witzel, president and CEO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide and CEO of Carlson Cruises Worldwide.

"We are pleased to name La Penotiere to this key leadership position in our expanding hotel organization, directing the strategy, management and key functional support areas for our five brands in North and South America," Witzel said. "As we pursue a strategy of engaging our customers through carefully defined and executed brands, La Penotiere brings a wealth of experience and a strong track record of success to move this strategy forward," Witzel said.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide includes five brands encompassing different segments of the hotel industry, from luxury to select service. Specific brands include Regent International Hotels, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson and Park Inn. Globally Carlson Hotels Worldwide includes 895 locations in 68 countries, with the Americas including 564 locations.

Executive leadership and support teams will report directly to La Penotiere including the leaders of the full-service and select-service brands; managed hotels; sales and distribution; public relations, communications and corporate relations; brand marketing; information technology; and business process improvement. She will report directly to Witzel.

La Penotiere joined Carlson Companies in 2000 as vice president of sales and marketing for Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. She was subsequently promoted to executive vice president of Brand Marketing for Carlson Hotels Worldwide where she led a major brand strategy initiative which focused the company on engaging customers through carefully researched, defined and executed brands.

La Penotiere has over 18 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry, including 11 years in consumer marketing and brand management with such organizations as the Pillsbury Company, Nabisco Foods Group and CPC International. She graduated from Rutger's University Graduate School of Management in New Jersey with a master of business administration in marketing. She also holds a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from Salisbury State University in Maryland.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson Companies, a global leader in providing corporate solutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries. Other names among the Carlson family of brands and services are: Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Carlson Marketing Group, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Results Travel, Cruise Holidays, T.G.I. Friday's and Pick Up Stix restaurants. 

Contact:

Tom Polski
Vice President
Public Relations-Communications-Corporate Relations
Carlson Hotels Worldwide
+1-763-212-5616
tpolski@carlson.com

Also See: Radisson's New Advertising Campaign Will Feature Tagline 'Stay Your Own Way' / September 2003
Trudy Rautio Promoted to President of the Americas Division of Carlson Hotels Worldwide / July 2003


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