Lindblad Expeditions appointed travel agency veteran Gina Gabbard as chief sales officer, a newly created position in which she will direct the company's strategic sales growth with a focus on the retail travel sector and group sales.

Gabbard has 25 years of experience with travel companies, most recently as senior vice president of leisure and independent advisors at Ovation Travel Group and prior to that as vice president of leisure at Tzell Travel Group.

Gina Gabbard
Gina Gabbard

In a statement, Gabbard said, "I look forward to utilizing the unique insights I have gained working intimately with the travel advisor community to support the continued growth of our business."

She has also held various sales positions with MLT Vacations, Adam's Mark Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Promus Hotel Corp.

"Gina's broad expertise with diverse suppliers of upscale travel will be instrumental in further driving our sales initiatives as we navigate a more and more competitive world," said Sven Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad, in a statement.

"Her addition builds on our established commitment to the travel advisor community, whose role we believe will be more important than ever in a post-Covid travel landscape."
 

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