December 15, 2006 18:30 ET

WestJet Announces Resignation of Executive Vice-President, People

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 15, 2006) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced that Matthew Handford, Executive Vice-President, People, has resigned from his position. He will be leaving WestJet in the first quarter of 2007.

Sean Durfy, President of WestJet commented, "Matthew has been a solid member of the Executive team over the past eighteen months and we are sorry to see him go. He led the development and execution of our leadership succession plan and was instrumental in putting in place an excellent human resources team that is highly proficient and capable of deploying our strategies going forward. Matthew is leaving WestJet to assume a senior human resources position with a national retail organization."

Matthew Handford commented, "I have enjoyed my time at WestJet and leave with the confidence that the new Executive team and the company are poised for continued success. The opportunity for me to join an industry that aligns my passion for sports with my career was too great to turn down. I am pleased that I was able to contribute as I did in the short time I was here."

Matthew joined WestJet in June, 2005 as Vice-President, People and was promoted to the role of Executive Vice-President, People in December, 2005.

Marking its tenth anniversary this year, WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 35-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2006, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

Contact Information

  • WestJet
    Deborah Knight
    Manager PR & Communications
    (403) 589-5852 or (416) 200-3577
    Website: www.westjet.com