Trudy Rautio

Former president and CEO of the international travel and hospitality company Carlson. She resigned in 2015. She was CFO before being selected by the board of directors to succeed Hubert Joly as CEO when Joly suddenly resigned in August 2012 to become CEO of Best Buy.

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International Falls, Minn.






Bemidji State University; University of St. Thomas (MBA)


A former Girl Scout, she was honored in 2009 as a "woman of distinction" by the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.

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