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Paul Kirwin Appointed President and Managing Director
of Carlson Hotels Worldwide - The Americas
Additional Changes Announced In Business Development Structure

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (January 14, 2008) --- Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced the appointment of Paul Kirwin as President of Carlson Hotels Worldwide The Americas. Kirwin, a veteran Carlson Hotels executive, has served the last five years as President and Managing Director of Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific. 

Announcing the appointment today was Jay Witzel, president and CEO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide. "Paul brings a wealth of hotel industry experience and a proven record of success to this position," Witzel said. "Paul was the inaugural president of Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific when we created this company five years ago and has provided strong leadership in establishing and growing our brands in this vitally important region of the world." 

Kirwin assumes his new position from Yvonne LaPenotiere, who has been named to the newly created position of Chief Branding Officer. This position will play a vital role in the creation and implementation of brand management strategy that is central to the future success of Carlson's five hotel brands: Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotels & Resorts®, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Country Inn & Suites By Carlson® and Park Inn®. The company currently includes 964 locations in 70 countries worldwide.

Witzel added, "We are pleased that Paul will be leading the Americas team, building further on the strong foundation of success that has been established during the past several years of leadership by Yvonne." 

Kirwin has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to his presidency of Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific, he spent 13 years with Country Inns & Suites By Carlson in various senior operational positions, including five as president, leading the overall business operations and expansion of this industry leading, mid-tier hotel brand. Kirwin also served as general manager at Radisson hotel properties in Charlotte, N.C. and Lexington, KY. He began his career with Hyatt hotels in various operations positions. 

He is a past board member of the International Franchise Association, is active in various industry groups and has been frequently published on topics such as hotel operations and quality management. Kirwin graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Additional Changes In Development Structure

Carlson Hotels also announced additional structural changes in its business development teams. Franchise development for all brands is now consolidated under the leadership of Nancy Johnson, who will also retain responsibilities as executive vice president of franchised operations for full service hotels.

Development for new properties that are owned and managed by Carlson will be under the leadership of Wendy Nelson, who has been promoted to executive vice president of Carlson Hotels Real Estate Company. Nelson will also take on responsibilities for architectural design and project management in addition to her current responsibilities for asset management and project analysis. This new structure reflects the strategic importance of the owned and managed portfolio and the company's strategy to grow this part of the business. Steve Mogck will continue in the role of executive vice president of franchise operations for select service hotels.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson, 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: Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Carlson Marketing Group, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Results Travel, Cruise Holidays, T.G.I. Friday's and Pick Up Stix restaurants. The company has been recognized by both Fortune and Working Mother magazines as one of the "100 best places to work for in America," Carlson corporate headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minn. 


Carlson Hotels Worldwide

Also See: Carlson Names Hubert Joly as President and CEO; First Non-family Member to Run the Company in its 70-year History / January 2008
Apollo to Buy Regent Seven Seas Cruises From Carlson for a Reported $1Billion; Carlson Retains Regent Brand, Appoints Bjorn Gullaksen as President, Regent Luxury Group / December 2007
Paul Kirwin Named President, Carlson Asia Pacific; Will Establish Singapore Headquarters for Carlson Hotel, Marketing and Restaurant Operations / January 2005
Trudy Rautio Promoted to President of the Americas Division of Carlson Hotels Worldwide / July 2003


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