USA. Marilyn Carlson Nelson admitted to French Legion of Honor Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 November 2006
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Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Carlson Companies, has been admitted to the French Legion of Honor, a recognition reserved for outstanding achievement in public service or professional activity.

His Excellency Jean-David Levitte, the French Ambassador to the U.S., presided over the ceremony, Monday, Oct. 30, at Carlson's corporate headquarters. It is the recipient's choice as to how and when the acceptance ceremony is organized, and Mrs. Nelson chose to accept the honor in front of Carlson employees.

The recognition -- Chevalier (Knight) in the French Legion d'Honneur -- was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. The President of France serves as its Grand Master and personally approves each nominee for the honor. Each year only a few Americans receive the honor, which is given to people who have demonstrated great achievement in their field and/or have been shown to be true friends of France.

Mrs. Nelson joins many other distinguished members in this exclusive international society, including Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Winston Churchill, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek, and authors Victor Hugo and Goethe.

Carlson is a leader in the hotel, restaurant, cruise, marketing and travel industries. Carlson has extensive business connections throughout France, including 16 Carlson-branded hotels. Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), of which Carlson is the majority shareholder, specializes in business travel management around the world. CWT has 150 corporate travel sites and more than 320 leisure travel agencies in France. In addition, Carlson has cruise operations throughout Europe, most of them calling on French ports.

Over her career, Mrs. Nelson has served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Tourism and was the national chair of the Travel Industry Association of America. She currently is vice chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and recently received the Icon Award -- the National Business Travel Association's highest award -- for her career of leadership in the business travel industry.

Mrs. Nelson, who studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, also has been a leader in corporate social responsibility in the travel industry. Carlson Companies is a co-founder of the World Childhood Foundation, established by the Queen of Sweden to combat child sex tourism. In addition, Carlson is the first North American company to sign an international code of conduct to end child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

Carlson Companies is a global leader in the hotel, restaurant, business and leisure travel, cruise and marketing industries.


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