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Ken Powell Appointed to Carlson Board of Directors

March 11, 2020

Ken Powell, Chair, Board of Regents, University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – March 11, 2020 – Carlson, Inc., an international travel management company and private investment firm, announces the appointment of Ken Powell to its board of directors, effective April 1, 2020.

Powell is chair of the University of Minnesota board of regents and serves on the boards of directors for Medtronic and Partners in Food Solutions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping start-up food companies in Africa. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of General Mills, where he served in a variety of positions since 1979.

“We are delighted to welcome Ken to the Carlson board of directors,” said Carlson Chair Rick Gage. “Ken’s global perspective, extensive board and leadership experience, and commitment to communities in Minnesota and around the world make him an ideal addition to the Board.”

Powell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford University.

Carlson Board of Directors

  • Richard Anderson, advisor to the board
  • Pamela Arway
  • Laura Born
  • Jude Buckley
  • Kurt Ekert
  • Geoffrey Gage
  • Rick Gage, Chair
  • Scott Gage
  • Diana Nelson
  • Wendy Nelson
  • Ken Powell
  • Michael Sweeney

About Carlson (
Now in its third generation of closely held family ownership, Carlson is an international travel management company and private investment firm, operating in nearly 145 countries and territories throughout the world. A global leader in the travel industry, CWT, the B2B4E (business to business for employees) travel management platform, is wholly owned by Carlson and is the foundation of its portfolio of businesses. Carlson Private Capital Partners, a middle-market investment firm, was formed by the Carlson family and launched in 2018


CWT is a Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform on which companies and governments rely to keep their people connected – anywhere, anytime, anyhow. Across six continents, we provide their employees with innovative technology and an efficient, safe and secure travel experience.

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