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Jacqueline Dobson takes on expanded role at Internova Travel Group

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Jacqueline Dobson

Jacqueline Dobson is promoted to President of Internova’s leisure division, overseeing US-based travel brands, while continuing to lead Barrhead Travel and maintaining its unique brand culture.

Barrhead Travel President, Jacqueline Dobson, has been promoted to Internova Travel Group’s Executive Leadership Team – the agency’s parent organisation. As part of changes to the existing organisational structure, Dobson will now become President of Internova’s leisure division, which incorporates the Barrhead Travel Group and will also include US-based brands Andrew Harper, Cruise Specialists, CruCon Cruise Outlet and Travel Leaders Vacation Center.

In addition to her current position as President of the Barrhead Travel Group, the new role will see Dobson overseeing these brands and she will report directly to the Group CEO, J.D. O’Hara.

Dobson will continue to be based in Glasgow, where Barrhead Travel’s head office is located.

J.D. O’Hara, CEO of Internova Travel Group, said: “Jacqueline’s visionary leadership has propelled Barrhead Travel to new levels of success, all while fostering an incredible workplace culture. In her newly expanded role with Internova, I have full confidence that Jacqueline will continue to steer us towards even greater accomplishments, inspiring excellence every step of the way.”

Jacqueline Dobson, President of Barrhead Travel, said: “I feel very privileged to be taking on a newly expanded role with Internova Travel Group and I’m looking forward to working with some iconic US leisure businesses. 

“Like the other organisations within the group, Barrhead Travel has an incredibly distinctive brand and culture – that will certainly not change and we’ll continue to work towards our ambition of growing our retail network and investing in our people.

“Having the opportunity to step up and lead other business units will no doubt create new opportunities and synergy as we look to position the division as the global leader in leisure travel expertise.”

Dobson began her career in travel as a trainee over 30 years ago, the last twenty of which have been with Barrhead Travel.

With many awards to her name – including Scotland’s Inspirational Woman of the Year 2021 – she is a highly respected leader both within and outside the industry. She is currently serving as the President of the SPAA and sits on the Board of Directors with the Scottish Chamber of Commerce.

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