Carlson Announces it Will Take Full Ownership of Carlson Wagonlit Travel

June 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Minneapolis and Amsterdam - Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire from JPMorgan Chase & Co. ("JPMC"), the 45 percent equity interest JPMC indirectly holds in Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). As a result of this acquisition, Carlson will own 100 percent of CWT. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in July 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.

"We are pleased with the momentum, growth and results realized by the management team at CWT. This acquisition, along with our ongoing investment in Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its family of brands, helps solidify our long term direction for the company," said Carlson President and CEO Trudy Rautio. "We have benefitted from a long relationship with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and will continue to work with them in the future."

CWT is a global leader specializing in business travel and meetings management. CWT works with clients to respond to the complexities and challenges of business travel management while addressing the needs and expectations of travelers. CWT delivers efficient and innovative solutions to optimize travel and meetings and events management by leveraging its global reach with the best people and superior service and technology.

CWT employs nearly 19,000 people worldwide spanning more than 150 countries and territories. CWT’s clients include one-third of the Fortune Global 100 companies. In addition, it has a diverse client portfolio ranging from small and mid-sized companies, to government institutions and non-governmental organizations. In 2013, CWT generated traffic of $26.9 billion.

About CWT

CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in class service and assistance to travelers. In 2013, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled $26.9 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website at www.carlsonwagonlit.com. Follow us on Twitter @CarlsonWagonlit.

About Carlson

Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,340 hotels in operation and development, including, Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®; Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. Carlson’s portfolio also includes Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel and meetings management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and territories and its brands employ more than 100,000 people. http://www.carlson.com

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

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Media Contact:

Ben Gardeen
Carlson
+1 (763) 212-8129
bgardeen@carlson.com

Paul Hartwick
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
+1 (302) 282-3961
paul.hartwick@chase.com

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