FORA.tv Speaker - Kim Olson
Kim Olson joined Carlson in December 2005 as the companyâ€™s first-ever chief communications officer. She is responsible for directing all communications for the company, a global leader in the hotel, restaurant, travel, cruise and marketing industries. Kim is a member of Carlsonâ€™s Executive Committee, reporting to Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and CEO.
Since joining Carlson, Kim has overseen a global reputation management strategy and has led the companyâ€™s initiatives to develop a new corporate logo launched in late 2006; a crisis communications plan; and a communications leadership council, which helps guide internal and external communications functions across Carlson. As a member of the executive committee, she directs the development of communications strategies that support Carlsonâ€™s vision to become the most respected private company on earth, and its mission to build better relationships.
Prior to joining Carlson, Kim was director of brand public relations for General Mills, where she headed all brand public relations efforts for that company â€“ from Wheaties box introductions to the Pillsbury Bake-off. Before her career at General Mills, she headed global client services as a senior vice president for Weber Shandwick Worldwide.
Kim earned a professional accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), is a member of that groupâ€™s Counselors Academy and is a PRSA Silver Anvil Award winner.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Kim holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in journalism.
06.19.07 | 00:39:39 min
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