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WestJet announced new president and CEO

Staff writer |
Calgary, AB, Canada - March 16, 2010, Calgary, AB, Canada - WestJet announced the resignation of president, CEO and member of the board Sean Durfy, and the appointment of Gregg Saretsky as new president and CEO, effective April 1.

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Mr. Durfy joined WestJet in 2004 as an Executive Vice-President responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's marketing, sales and airport operations functions and leading the introduction of the successful WestJet owner's communications platform.

In September 2006, Mr. Durfy was appointed President and assumed the role of CEO in September 2007. He spearheaded the company's long-term strategic growth initiatives, which led to the successful launch of WestJet Vacations and, most recently, the implementation of two new reservation systems, airline partnerships and the WestJet reward programs.

Mr. Durfy has agreed to remain with WestJet until September 1, 2010, and will assist the company with the transition.

Mr. Saretsky joined WestJet in June 2009 as Vice-President, WestJet Vacations, before assuming the role of Executive Vice-President, Operations, in October 2009. Mr. Saretsky began his career in the airline industry in 1985 with Canadian Airlines. While at Canadian, he held a number of operations and marketing roles, including Vice-President, Airports, and Vice-President, Passenger Marketing.

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