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New Accor Prez States Commitment To Carlson Wagonlit

January 12, 2006 - 12:00 AM ET

New Accor president Gilles Pélisson has given a strong indication that the French lodging and services giant intends to retain its 50 percent shareholding in Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Pélisson took the helm at Accor on Monday.

Despite speculation that he might consider disposing of the group's interest in Carlson Wagonlit if he regarded travel management as a non-core activity, Pélisson made brief remarks suggesting Carlson Wagonlit would remain a part of his plans. In a video broadcast to 6,000 Accor employees on Tuesday, Pélisson told the audience, "Concerning Carlson Wagonlit Travel, our role will be to support [Carlson Wagonlit president and CEO] Hubert Joly's executive and management teams throughout the company's expansion, alongside the Carlson group."

There also had been speculation about Carlson Wagonlit because of a move toward single global ownership in the past 10 days by three of its competitors in travel management. WorldTravel BTI parent BCD Holdings, Hogg Robinson and Navigant International are attempting to carve singly owned worldwide networks out of what were Business Travel International and TQ3 Travel Solutions.

Carlson Wagonlit, although it has two shareholders, maintains that it is a single operating company with 14,000 employees and integrated processes and accounting.
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