WestJet makes executive leadership changes

posted on 6th July 2018 by Justin Burns
WestJet makes executive leadership changes

The WestJet Group of companies had made changes to its executive leadership team.

Executive vice president (EVP) for strategy and guest services, Bob Cummings, will retire on 31 July, 2018 and EVP for operations, Cam Kenyon, is leaving WestJet to return to the USA effective 31 August, 2018.

EVP, and president, WestJet Encore, Charles Duncan, has been appointed EVP and chief strategy officer, effective 1 August, 2018.

Along with the executive changes, vice president, flight operations for WestJet Encore, John Aaron, will assume the role of vice president and general manager, WestJet Encore, reporting to the EVP and chief operations officer (COO).

Global searches are underway for both the chief commercial officer and COO.

WestJet President and CEO, Ed Sims said: “Bob Cummings has served as an EVP for more than 12 years and in that time the airline successfully grew revenues from $1 billion to more than $4 billion.

“His guidance and experience have been invaluable to us all. I thank Bob for his many contributions and wish him well in his next chapter.”

“Cam Kenyon is returning to Denver to be with his family and we are grateful that he extended his contract twice to lead us through WestJet’s transition to a global, full-service carrier and our labour negotiations,” added Sims. “I thank Cam for the wealth of experience he has brought to the role.”

“WestJet has reached a critical juncture as we look to significantly expand our global network,” said Sims. “In his role as chief strategy officer, Charles Duncan will be responsible for providing the leadership necessary to ensure that WestJet’s strategic goals are met.”

Duncan previously worked for more than 20 years at United and Continental Airlines in a variety of commercial and operational roles before joining WestJet in June 2017 as executive vice president and president, WestJet Encore. Since that time he has led the Encore team to continued expansion with the delivery of an additional eight Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Through his leadership, WestJet Encore is now among the best in on-time performance for regional airlines.

“Strategy development and significant ability to execute will be the keys to our success,” said Duncan. “I am honoured to lead this team.”