Kim Olson has been named Vice President-Chief Communications Officer for Carlson Companies, the first such position in the company's history. The announcement was made today by Carlson Chair and Chief Executive Officer Marilyn Carlson Nelson.
The appointment of a Chief Communications Officer for our enterprise reflects our continuing transformation to a more integrated operating company," Nelson said. "Kim's brand expertise and PR agency background make her perfectly suited to step into this historic role."
Olson will join Carlson's executive committee and will report to Nelson.
Currently Director, Brand Public Relations for General Mills, Olson heads all brand PR efforts at General Mills -- from Wheaties box introductions to the Pillsbury Bake-off. Prior to General Mills, Olson headed global client services for Weber Shandwick Public Relations.
Olson holds professional accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), is a member of that group's Counselors Academy and is a PRSA Silver Anvil Award winner. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Carlson Companies is a global leader in the marketing, business and leisure travel, and hospitality industries.
Among the names in the Carlson family of brands and services are: Regent® International Hotels, Radisson® Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson®, Park Inn® hotels, Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, Carlson Destination
Marketing Services, Carlson Leisure Travel Services, CW Government Travel, Results Travel, Cruise Holidays, America's Vacation Store, Cruise Specialists, Inc., Fly4less.com, SinglesCruise.com, SeaMaster Cruises, Cruise Deals, Inc., Radisson Seven Seas Cruises®, Carlson Marketing Group®, Peppers & Rogers Group, and T.G.I. Friday's® and Pick Up Stix® restaurants. Carlson Companies' 2004 systemwide sales under the brands (including franchises) totaled $26.1 billion, while sales from the company's owned and operated divisions totaled $8.4 billion.
With headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Carlson Companies was recognized by Working Mother magazine as one of the "100 best companies for working mothers" from 2001 through 2004.