17 Dec Jacqueline Dobson to Head Barrhead Travel as Sharon Munro Steps Down
(December 17, 2018 — Glasgow, Scotland) — Jacqueline Dobson has been appointed President of Barrhead Travel effective January 1, 2019 following current President Sharon Munro’s decision to step down for personal reasons.
Munro stated, “I would like to thank our staff for their hard work and dedication, our loyal and growing number of customers and our brilliant partners – they are all part of the successful Barrhead Travel story. I would also like to thank parent company Travel Leaders Group for its support and for making us part of their global family. The benefits of scale and expertise mean the business is in great shape and they have helped prepare Barrhead Travel for the next stage of our development.”
Munro, who has served at Barrhead Travel in various capacities over the past 28 years, indicated that, while it was a difficult decision to step down, she felt the timing was right to hand over the reins to Dobson who currently serves as the company’s Managing Director. “I am fully confident that the company, staff and customers will be in excellent hands and will greatly benefit from the continuity, dedication and passion that Jacqueline contributes to the business.”
Dobson is a 25-year travel industry veteran who has worked at Barrhead Travel for the past 18 years in a variety of areas including sales, marketing, business development, product and commercial, and the establishment of the UK’s largest experience store in the City of Glasgow. “I am delighted to be asked to serve as President of Barrhead Travel as we continue on our path toward further growth and success,” said Dobson. “Having worked in every area of the business, my focus will be on accelerating growth through investment from Travel Leaders Group, including digital innovation, staff development and world-class customer service. It is an exciting time to be taking over the helm.”
Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group, said: “We wish to extend tremendous thanks and appreciation to Sharon for her leadership, vision and dedication to Barrhead Travel. She has been a true partner and outstanding professional. Likewise, we are delighted to welcome Jacqueline to her new role. Her deep knowledge of the company, extensive experience, strong relationships and well-established leadership skills, position her well to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.”
Barrhead Travel, one of Scotland’s largest retail travel companies and one of the largest in the United Kingdom, has more than 75 locations and more than 900 employees and travel agents.
About Barrhead Travel:
Since it was founded in 1975, Barrhead Travel has expanded from a traditional ‘bucket and spade’ travel agent to a multi-faceted travel group chartering its own flights, offering bespoke holidays to all corners of the globe, running an in-house training facility, employing specialist consultants providing expert advice in areas such as long haul, cruise and ski holidays and promoting youth employment through its apprenticeship scheme.The company has won many awards over the years, including Top UK Travel Agency and Best Travel Agency in Scotland for 17 years running. Barrhead Travel has been recognised as one of the Best Companies to Work For for the last five years.
About Travel Leaders Group:
Travel Leaders Group (www.TravelLeadersGroup.com) is transforming travel with a commitment to our vacation and business travel clients through our progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. Having already assisted millions of travelers, Travel Leaders Group manages leisure, business and franchise travel operations under a variety of diversified divisions and brands. With over 6,000 agency locations, Travel Leaders Group ranks as one of the industry’s largest travel agency companies.