Alberta business magazine honours WestJet president and CEO
CALGARY, Nov. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced that Alberta Venture
magazine has named Gregg Saretsky its Business Person of the Year for 2012.
The Edmonton-based business magazine introduced the award in 1997 "to identify
and recognize individuals who embrace principled leadership, strategic
thinking, balanced workplace values and an unrelenting pursuit of excellence,"
according to its website.
"I am truly humbled by this honour," said Gregg Saretsky. "This type of
recognition is certainly not something a leader looks for, nor is it something
that can be accomplished alone. This speaks to the amazing dedication and
accomplishments of our 8,800 WestJetters as we work together to become one of
the top five international airlines in the world by 2016."
"Over the past 15 years, Alberta's Business Person of the Year award has
recognized many of the province's most successful and inspirational leaders,"
said Ruth Kelly, Alberta Venture's publisher and editor-in-chief. "We're very
proud to add Gregg Saretsky to that list. He exemplifies the qualities we seek
for this honour: principled leadership, strategic thinking, balanced workplace
values and an unrelenting pursuit of excellence."
This is the second time a WestJet president and CEO has won the award. Clive
Beddoe, one of the airline's founders and its current board chair, was named
Business Person of the Year in 1999. Larry Pollock, president and CEO of the
Canadian Western Bank Group and a current member of WestJet's board of
directors, received the award in 2009.
"On behalf of our board of directors, I would like to congratulate Gregg on
this well-deserved recognition," said Clive Beddoe. "His leadership and the
commitment of our WestJetters continue to be highly instrumental in our
success, particularly as we embark on a new and exciting chapter in the
history of our airline in 2013 - the launch of WestJet Encore."
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 81
destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by
an award-winning culture of care, WestJet has pioneered low-cost flying in
Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than
8,800 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of 99 Boeing
Next-Generation 737 aircraft with future confirmed deliveries for an
additional 36 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft through 2018 and plans to
launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013, WestJet strives to be one of the
five most successful international airlines in the world.
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