JACQUELINE Botting is the senior vice president of financial services and the U.S. government sector for Enterprise Ireland, the trade and technology board of the Irish government responsible for increasing the competitiveness of the indigenous industry. Botting works closely with Irish companies to develop market entry strategies and increase their exports to the U.S.
A native of Charlestown, South Carolina, she earned a BA in history with a minor in economics from Providence College. She also studied philosophy and theology at Oxford University. Botting began her career in sales and marketing at a new media start-up and prior to joining Enterprise Ireland in 2004, she did business development with major financial institutions for Intuit, where she was responsible for monetizing the company’s media assets and technology properties.
Botting traces her Irish ancestry to Cork on her father’s side, and Galway on her mother’s. She is a member of the American Ireland Fund, and travels to Ireland several times a year for work. To Botting, being Irish brings “passion, creativity and a strong sense of humanity . . . I see this in both my personal and professional life, and when I recognize these traits in myself, I thank my Irish heritage.
“With my Irish-born friends, a passionate debate never seems far off and often boils down to a battle of originality, but it is all in good fun and my Irish pals always seem to be there when I need a friend. “But of course, the best part of being Irish is having a laugh and the gift of seeing humor in nearly everything.”
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