WestJet names Gregg Saretsky as Executive Vice-President, Operations

Seasoned airline executive brings 23 years of experience to role

CALGARY, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - WestJet Airlines today announced the appointment of Gregg Saretsky to the position of Executive Vice-President, Operations, effective immediately.

"Gregg has been a terrific addition to our team since joining in June 2009 as the Vice-President of WestJet Vacations," said WestJet President and CEO Sean Durfy. "His vast experience in Canada and in the United States provides WestJet with the necessary expertise to deliver on our vision of becoming one of the five most successful international airlines by 2016. Specifically, Gregg's previous operational roles at other major airlines in North America will serve us well. It is my privilege to welcome such an experienced veteran to our ranks."

Gregg began his airline career with Canadian Airlines in 1986, where he spent 12 years in a variety of operational and marketing roles. Prior to WestJet, Gregg was with Alaska Airlines for nine years, most recently as Executive Vice-President, Flight and Marketing.

"I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with the Operations team," commented Gregg Saretsky. "WestJet runs a world-class organization, and I am proud to have the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and enterprising group. The men and women of the Operations team truly demonstrate the caring and can-do attitude of WestJet."

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 66-city North American and Caribbean network. Named one of Canada's most admired corporate cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 81 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 54 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

SOURCE WestJet

For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Robert Palmer, Media Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), email: ropalmer@westjet.com


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