National magazine names Gregg Saretsky one of Canada's top new leaders
CALGARY, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet announced today that Canadian
Business magazine has named WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky
top new CEO, as part of its inaugural CEO of the Year awards. The award
for new CEO of the year is given to the top chief executive officer in
the role for less than five years, as judged by a prestigious panel of
Canadian business leaders and academics.
According to the magazine, the CEO of the Year program focuses on
successful strategies implemented by CEOs who have made a major
contribution to the Canadian business community and to Canada's overall
economic success. Winners were chosen based on corporate performance in
addition to a review by an independent advisory board consisting of
Canada's top business leaders, academics and strategists.
"We all tend to be quick to call out a bad CEO, but we don't give great
leaders nearly enough praise," said Canadian Business Editor Duncan
Hood. "With these CEO of the Year Awards, we are starting a tradition
of doing just that, because good chief executives don't just create
value for shareholders, they create economy-boosting value for Canada,
through jobs, new products and innovations."
WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky received the award at a gala
event in Toronto last night.
"I am both honoured and humbled by this recognition," he said. "It is
truly a privilege to lead such a committed and dedicated team of more
than 9,600 WestJet owners. Their passion for our guests, demonstrated
by their caring service every day, is truly something special. What we
have achieved in my time as CEO, we have achieved together. It has been
an amazing three and a half years and, I believe, the best is yet to
come. The future is bright and we're looking forward to it with great
anticipation and excitement."
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service
to 87 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost
flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now
has more than 9,600 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of
more than 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen
aircraft, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful
international airlines in the world. This year, WestJet launched its
new regional airline, WestJet Encore.
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