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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 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.