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Dr. Olson

Lynne A. Olson

RD&E Corporate Scientist, Global Sustainability, ECOLAB

Lynne Olson is a Corporate Scientist for Global Sustainability at Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.

In her current role, Dr. Olson helps drive top-line growth for Ecolab and its customers by embedding sustainability thought leadership into innovation management, product offerings, and sector-level standardization of sustainable growth benchmarks.

Dr. Olson has more than 30 years of experience in product development, and program management, which has resulted in many individual and group patents. She was part of the first Ecolab team trained as Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belts, and led several significant process improvement projects. After LSS work, she was part of the founding group that defined and deployed the current Ecolab Corporate Sustainability team.

Dr. Olson is active in industry groups focused on developing product stewardship guidance. In this context, she provides subject matter expertise to sustainability standard review and development, evolving market initiatives including the Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC) in Santa Barbara, and she is currently on the board of directors of the Sustainable Procurement Leadership Council (SPLC).

Ecolab is a trusted partner at more than one million customer locations. With 2015 sales of $13.5 billion and 47,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

Dr. Olson received her Ph.D. in Textile Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Please visit http://www.ecolab.com for more information.

Dr. Olson can be contacted at 651-795-5737 or lynne.olson@ecolab.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.