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President and Chief Executive Officer
Gregg Saretsky became WestJet President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2010. As President and CEO, Gregg is responsible for both the strategic direction of the company and the day-to-day operations of the airline. Gregg was named Alberta’s Business Person of the Year for 2012 by Alberta Venture magazine, an award he accepted on behalf of all 9,000 WestJetters who work hard each and every day to deliver a remarkable guest experience. In 2013, Gregg was also named Top New CEO of the Year by Canadian Business Magazine, an award bestowed on a CEO who has transformed his company within the first five years of his appointment. In addition, Gregg received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Concordia University in 2014 and was the recipient of the David Foster Foundation Visionary Award as Canada’s National Business Leader of the Year in 2015.
Gregg joined WestJet in June 2009 as Vice-President, WestJet Vacations, before being named Executive Vice-President, Operations, in October 2009. In this capacity, Gregg was responsible for flight operations, inflight service, airport guest services, WestJet’s operations control centre, and technical operations (maintenance).
Gregg began his career in aviation with Canadian Airlines in 1985 and rose through the ranks to the position of Vice-President, Airports, and Vice-President, Marketing, before joining Alaska Airlines in 1998 as Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Planning, and then Executive Vice-President of Flight Operations and Marketing, responsible for the airline’s flight crews, operations, and consumer programs and activities. Gregg led the development of Alaska Airlines’ alliance strategy and was instrumental in building new airline and tour operator partnerships. Gregg is currently a board member of the Conference Board of Canada.
Born and raised in Montreal, Gregg grew up in Quebec and British Columbia, graduating from UBC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. An avid globe-trotter, Gregg has visited more than 255 cities in 36 countries and is still working to master French and Spanish language skills! Gregg and his wife, Debb, enjoy skiing and travelling with their children Mark, Jennifer and Bobby.
- As President and CEO, Mr. Saretsky attends all committee meetings
President, WestJet Encore
"I have come across many organizations that talk about the importance of values and culture. At WestJet we do more than talk about it, we LIVE IT! Our culture drives a superior guest experience that is brought to our guests consistently every day. That's because we have the right people on our team. That's what makes me a proud WestJetter."
"In this competitive industry, we can never lose sight of the things that are fundamentally important to sustaining and growing our business. As a people-driven company, focused on being an industry leader, we are soaring to new heights and landing on great opportunities every day. That's the spirit of WestJet."
Ferio Pugliese became President of WestJet's regional airline, WestJet Encore, in November 2012. Ferio joined WestJet in 2007, initially serving as WestJet's Executive Vice-President People, Culture and Inflight Services. Ferio was responsible for overseeing all aspects of WestJet's People (human resources, corporate real-estate and inflight services) department. Ferio and his team were also instrumental in defining and executing people plans that supported WestJet's culture and strategic direction.
Ferio is extremely proud that WestJet has been named to Canada's Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame, was recognized as one of Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures for four consecutive years (2005-2009), and was also cited by Hewitt Associates as one of Canada's best employers in 2009 and third on their list of the top 50 in Canada in 2012.
A certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), Ferio holds a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science, and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor. He is a member of the Conference Board of Canada's Human Resources Executive Council and has worked in various senior leadership roles. 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 and Casinos.
In 2007, Ferio was recognized by Caldwell Partners as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40. With a passion for business, Ferio believes in always pushing your comfort zone and believing in yourself and the people around you, so that together you can reach new heights. Originally from northern Ontario, Ferio loves the great game of hockey and skiing. He and his wife, Pam, and their three children Nicholas, Nathan and Natalya, are enjoying life in western Canada. Ferio's favourite WestJet destinations include Nassau, Maui and Vancouver.
Executive Vice-President, Commercial WestJet Airlines
"WestJet's people-driven differentiation is evident on every flight. There is no place I would be more proud to work. I feel very fortunate!"
"Fundamentals drive success. We deliver a remarkable guest experience at a reasonable price."
Bob Cummings is Executive Vice President, Commercial and is responsible for sales, marketing, communications, network planning and scheduling, revenue management, corporate development, airline partnerships, distribution, digital and WestJet Vacations. Prior to that, he held the title of Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience and was additionally responsible for contact center and guest experience planning.
Bob joined WestJet in March 2005 as Vice-President, Marketing, and quickly mobilized his team to create the Owners advertising campaign – the most successful brand communications platform in WestJet history. He became an Executive Vice President in August 2006.
Bob was named Canada's top marketing executive by Canadian Business magazine in 2008. In 2013, Bob was named as one of the top six marketing executives in the airline industry by the Blue Sky organization.
A native of Edmonton, Bob achieved his undergraduate degree in 1989 from the University of Victoria, followed by his MBA from Queen's University in 1992. Bob worked for more than eight years in the wireless industry in Canada, including a one-year stint in Romania launching the country's first mobile phone service.
WestJet's caring, friendly and appreciative brand attributes align perfectly with Bob's personal values. Bob believes in the Hawaiian word “Ohana” (family comes first). Bob is married to Kim, with two daughters, and he enjoys nothing more than seeing excitement and joy on his girls' faces, whether they are at Disney World or enjoying any one of the many activities that keep them busy and active. Bob's favourite WestJet destinations are Orlando and Maui.
Executive Vice-President, Operations
"It is an honour and a privilege for me to be part of the WestJet family! I am proud of the passion WestJetters have for providing guests with excellent value - a safe, fun, remarkable guest experience at an affordable price. Our focus on caring for each other and our guests sets us apart, and will continue to make WestJet successful."
Cam became WestJet's Executive Vice-President, Operations in November 2015. In this role, Cam is responsible for WestJet's Guest Experience teams (Contact Centre, Airports, and Inflight), Flight Operations (including the Operational Control Centre), Technical (Maintenance) Operations, and Continuous Improvement.
Cam joins WestJet from Mountain Aviation in Denver, Colorado, where he continues to serve as Executive Director for the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to Mountain Aviation, Cam served WestJet in the same role he’s currently in as Executive Vice-President, Operations from 2011 to 2013. Before joining WestJet in 2011, Cam was with Lynx Aviation, a Frontier Airlines’ regional airline in Denver, Colorado, where he served as president and chief operating officer. Prior to Lynx Aviation, Cam held a variety of positions at Frontier Airlines including Director of Flight Operations Training, Chief Pilot, and subsequently Vice-President, Flight Operations, from 2000 to 2008.
Cam graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 where he obtained his bachelor of science in political science. He obtained his master of arts degree in international affairs from American University that same year.
He then served in the United States Navy from 1986 to 1994 in a variety of positions including pilot training officer; safety officer, mission commander and standardization pilot. He also attended the Aviation Safety Officer School at the Naval Postgraduate School in 1993 and obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1997.
Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Cam then spent his teen years in Pound Ridge, New York, and was stationed in several locations while serving in the United States Navy.
Cam and his wife, Drew, have three daughters, Caitlin, Hannah and Addy, and a grandson, Eli. Cam's favourite WestJet destinations are Nashville (where Hannah lives) and any island in the Caribbean!
Executive Vice-President, People and Culture
Mark Porter joined WestJet on October 26, 2015 as Executive Vice-President, People and Culture. Mark's arrival at WestJet is a return to the aviation industry. He worked at Bombardier as an aircraft engineer before transitioning to a role in human resources.
Mark's career has also included work at powerhouse Canadian companies. As Chief People Officer, Molson Canada, he played a key role as human resources representative in the Molson Coors merger, and he spent almost a decade as senior vice-president of human resources with Shaw Communications.
While he has many high-level professional accomplishments – which gives credit to the people surrounding him – Mark is proud to sit on the volunteer board for Outward Bound Canada. This organization helps underprivileged kids with self-development, leadership and unlocking their true potential.
Mark's favourite WestJet destination is Dublin, Ireland. Given that Mark comes from Ireland, perhaps there is a bias.
Executive Vice-President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Harry joined WestJet as Executive Vice President, Finance & CFO in October 2015. Harry is responsible for accounting, financial reporting, financial planning & analysis, investor relations, internal audit, procurement, treasury and tax.
Before joining WestJet, Harry spent more than 20 years in retail and consumer packaged goods. He held senior finance and operating leadership roles with Canadian Tire Corporation, Holt Renfrew, Home Depot, and Frito-Lay in both Canada and the United States. Harry began his career in professional services, serving clients for McKinsey & Company for five years and Ernst & Young for three years.
A native of Winnipeg, Harry considers Toronto to be his hometown, even though he has lived in Dallas, Atlanta and Calgary for considerable periods of time. Harry earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1983, a Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario in 1988.
A passionate and enthusiastic leader, Harry believes strongly in WestJet’s vision and values and is determined to help lead us in delivering great results, as well as great experiences for both guests and WestJetters. His approach - which he will tell anyone who will listen - is simple:
- Lead and work like an Olympian (engage in a relentless pursuit of perfection)
- Avoid embodying Einstein’s definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results)
- Look out the window (give others credit) and look in the mirror (take responsibility).
Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer
"I have watched the WestJet story unfold with great interest and I am eager to be a part of this great culture and the many growth opportunities on the horizon. Our team will look for innovative ideas and solutions that IT can bring to the table to improve the mission of each department. I am a strong believer in avoiding becoming the “IT of no". Our peers at WestJet should see IT as a partner to work with to help improve a process, answer a question, or deliver a solution."
Rocky Wiggins joined WestJet as Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) on June 2, 2014. Rocky is responsible for the overarching strategy of WestJet's IT programs and the team's continuing effort to support both external guest experience and internal productivity. His mission is to ensure WestJet's IT process and team achieves operational excellence that supports WestJet's rapid growth.
Rocky comes to WestJet with 35 years of experience in the travel industry where he has worked to become a leader in technology innovation. Rocky has experience developing high volume commercial websites and transaction systems; automating guest support through kiosk and voice recognition applications; as well as a range of infrastructure projects that have aided operations, revenue, planning and human resources departments.
Rocky's previous position was CIO of Sun Country Airlines in Minnesota. Before that he was Senior Vice-President and CIO of AirTran Airways. His career in the airline industry began with 20 years spent at US Airways where he served in a number of management and director positions. Rocky also spent time working at Sabre Airline Solutions, the company that developed WestJet's airline platform.
Rocky studied physics at Guilford University, engineering at Western Kentucky University and has a Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University. Rocky originally hails from Owensboro, Kentucky and relocated to Calgary from Georgia with his wife, Kathleen. He has four children and enjoys fishing and woodworking. Rocky and his wife are looking forward to visiting the many beautiful places in Canada that they haven’t been to yet.