WestJet Airlines undergoes leadership change with new CEO

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Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet Airlines announced on September 15, 2021, Harry Taylor as the group’s new interim president and chief executive replacing retiring CEO Ed Sims.

The official transition is planned to take place between November and mid-December 2021.

“I am extremely pleased Harry has agreed to take on this interim role,” said Chris Burley, WestJet’s board executive. “Our global search for a permanent CEO continues, and on behalf of WestJet and the board, we are grateful Harry has stepped up to help us through this critical transition.

Taylor has served WestJet for five years since 2015 as the executive vice president and chief financial officer.  

“It is a tremendous honor to be asked to serve as interim CEO for the WestJet Group, and I look forward to leading our organization through this crucial phase of recovery,” said Taylor.

While Taylor is to serve as the airline’s interim chief executive, Jennifer Bue – WestJet’s current Vice-President, will serve as the interim chief financial officer.

“With my transition into my new role, I am delighted Jenn Bue has agreed to become our interim CFO,” added Taylor.

WestJet currently operates a fleet of 106 aircraft including, 100 Boeing 737s and six Boeing 787 Dreamliners, as per Planespotters.net.

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