Carlson chief steps down, replaced by CFO

Hotel News - 20/08/2012

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The head of US-based Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has stepped down abruptly and has been replaced by the company’s Chief Financial Officer.

Reports said on Monday that Hubert Joly, the current head of the Radisson and Radisson Blu owner had resigned immediately from his post as chief executive in favour of taking the leading role for US electronics retailer Best Buy.

In his absence, the Minneapolis-based firm has appointed 15-year veteran chief financial officer Trudy Rautio as the new company figurehead, “effective immediately”.

Carlson’s vice president of public relations and communications Molly Biwer said that Joly’s resignation came unexpectedly at the weekend. She said that he submitted his resignation to board chairman and former chief executive Marilyn Carlson Nelson on Sunday in the effort of perusing another career opportunity.

Nelson stopped short of identifying ailing retailer Best Buy as Joly’s destination but said to the AP on Sunday that he was asked not to depart from Carlson but chose to pursue an “exciting offer from a public company”. She said in a statement however that Joly’s leadership had been key to the company’s “strong financial footing” despite adversity in recent years.

Joly has not yet officially commented on the move.

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