May 03, 2007 08:30 ET

WestJet Expands Executive Team

WestJet Welcomes Ferio Pugliese as Executive Vice-President, People

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) - WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA) (WestJet) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ferio Pugliese to the position of Executive Vice-President, People. Mr. Pugliese will join the WestJet team as of June 4, 2007. He will be responsible for overseeing the airline's core human resources management and competency programs for its more than 6,000 employees.

"On behalf of the executive team, I am pleased to welcome Ferio to the role of Executive Vice-President, People," said Sean Durfy, President of WestJet. "He brings several years of experience in performance-focused human resource strategy and organizational transformation. We look forward to adding his expertise to an already highly competent and dynamic team that will only help to build upon our award-winning culture."

A certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) Mr. Pugliese holds a Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor.

Ferio commented, "WestJet's success is due largely to its dedicated team of WestJetters, and is well known for having one of the most successful corporate cultures in Canada. All WestJet employees play a significant role in the airline's success and I am honoured to join this growing team as a fellow WestJetter."

Mr. Pugliese worked in various senior leadership roles and has gained experience in facilitating organizational effectiveness and business transformation as well as designing and implementing competency-based performance management and compensation programs that recognize and foster talent at all organizational levels. Prior to joining WestJet his previous roles included Vice President Human Resources at Catalyst Paper Corporation in Vancouver, Director of Human Resources Development at Windsor Casino Ltd., and Director of Human Resources Development at Casino Rama, Carnival Resorts & Casinos.

About WestJet

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
    Media Relations
    Gillian Bentley
    (403) 444-2615
    Website: www.westjet.com