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The WestJet Group names Diederik Pen airline President

Diederik Pen, President of WestJet Airlines

The WestJet Group today announced the appointment of Diederik Pen as President of WestJet Airlines effective April 1, 2024.

As WestJet Group Chief Operating Officer and President of WestJet Airlines, Pen will continue to report to Alexis von Hoensbroech, the WestJet Group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

von Hoensbroech said: “Diederik’s experience as a respected leader, with a track record of operational success, will be critical as we continue our growth strategy, including the integration of Sunwing Airlines.

As WestJet Group Chief Operating Officer and President of WestJet Airlines, Pen will be responsible for the Group’s day-to-day operations, successful labour negotiations and overall operational reliability that WestJet guests expect.

He will also assume the role of the Transport Canada Accountable Executive.

Pen said: “Across the past three years, WestJetters have demonstrated their relentless commitment to the travel needs of Canadians and the performance of our airline. I am incredibly grateful to work alongside such a dedicated, innovative and passionate team.

“As we lean into the momentum of a financially and operationally strong 2023 and focus on the WestJet Group’s future growth, it has never been more important that we continue to work together to increase our reliability and performance.”

Prior to joining WestJet, Pen brought with him more than 25 years of aviation-industry experience from the Asia-Pacific and European regions.

 

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