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CURT CARLSON PROMOTES NELSON AND GAGE TO VICE CHAIRS OF CARLSON HOLDINGS

CURT CARLSON PROMOTES NELSON AND GAGE TO VICE CHAIRS OF CARLSON HOLDINGS
 MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlson Holdings and Carlson Companies Board Chairman Curt Carlson announced today that he has promoted Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Edwin C. "Skip" Gage to vice chairs in the office of the chairman, Carlson Holdings, Inc.
 Nelson is currently senior vice president, Carlson Holdings while Gage has been chief executive officer and president of Carlson Companies. Both are currently members of the board of directors of Carlson Holdings, Inc., parent company to Carlson Companies.
 Carlson also announced that Gage will acquire Carlson's Fulfillment Division including the Promotion Management Division in the Twin Cities and Adistra in Detroit. Gage will become its owner and chief executive officer. In order to devote the majority of his time to this new venture, he has resigned as CEO and president of Carlson Companies.
 In making these announcements, Carlson noted that he has solid management at the Carlson Companies operating levels in Juergen Bartels, president, Carlson Hospitality Group and Chuck Schmid, president, Carlson Marketing and Travel Groups -- Carlson's three operating areas. Both of these presidents will report to the office of the chairman.
 "Skip Gage has, for many years, expressed an interest in running his own company," Carlson said. "Like me, over 50 years ago, the entrepreneurial spirit has captured him and now he will have this opportunity and, at the same time, keep his family connections current with Carlson Companies." Both Nelson and Gage will remain members of the Carlson Holdings board of directors.
 Besides Carlson, Nelson and Gage, other members of the Carlson Holdings board include Carlson's wife, Arleen; his daughter, Barbara Gage; Dr. Glen D. Nelson, vice chairman, Medtronic, Inc. and Carlson's other son-in-law; Matt Levitt, prominent Minneapolis attorney and long-time advisor to Carlson and Rod Wilson, chief financial officer, Carlson Holdings, Inc.
 "I am 77 years old and the time has come for me to provide my daughter and son-in-law with more experience in the area of governance at the chairman's level in overseeing my companies," Carlson said.
 "One day, Marilyn or Skip or both will be even more deeply involved in directing the future of this company," he said. "There is no substitute for experience. Now, they will be given the opportunity to capitalize on this experience as part of my plan for management of this company through the 90s and into the 21st century.
 "The complexity and size of our worldwide network of companies makes it imperative that I take action at this time," Carlson concluded.
 Noting he is about to become a chief executive officer of his own company, Gage said, "I have decided to spend the next 10-15 years of my life focusing on the marketing and promotion business where I started my career.
 "I started with Curt Carlson 23 years ago helping to develop the marketing and promotion business in his company and it has remained my major area of interest," said Gage.
 Carlson said Carlson Companies is well on its way toward reaching its $9.2 billion goal by the end of 1992.
 "Our system-wide revenues are well over $8.1 billion," Carlson said, "although we did experience some decline in many of our businesses, especially travel, during the Gulf War. That business is back up now, so I look for a better 1992 in spite of rocky economy," he said.
 Carlson Companies employs over 70,000 people throughout the world and is one of the nation's largest privately held companies.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Jardine of Carlson Companies, 612-540-5615/ CO: Carlson Companies Inc. ST: Minnesota IN: SU: PER JS -- MN012 -- 2406 11/07/91 16:59 EST
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