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Harry Taylor officially becomes interim President & CEO of WestJet Group

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  •   11-29-2021  6:35 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Harry Taylor officially becomes interim President & CEO of WestJet Group
Harry Taylor has assumed the role of interim President &Chief Executive Officer of The WestJet Group. (WestJet)
Pax Global Media

Harry Taylor has officially assumed the role of interim President and Chief Executive Officer of The WestJet Group, the company said on Monday (Nov. 29).

The WestJet Group first announced Taylor as the interim President and CEO on Sept. 15, 2021, following news of Ed Sims' retirement, which was announced on June 9, 2021.

"I am honoured to take on the interim role of CEO at this pivotal time for the WestJet Group, and am focused on our relentless commitment to safety above all while ensuring continuity for our recovery, as we rebuild our airlines for our guests and our people," said Taylor in a new release. "By the end of the year, we will return our entire fleet to service for the peak holiday travel season, connecting loved ones and fulfilling long awaited vacations plans. I look forward to leading our organization through this crucial phase of our recovery, while we continue our search for a permanent CEO." 

Taylor joined WestJet in 2015 as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). 

During this time, he led the airline's inaugural U.S. bond issue, negotiated the purchase of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing MAX aircraft, and was instrumental in the sale of WestJet to Onex. Through the pandemic, Harry led the Finance team in managing WestJet's liquidity to ensure sustainability with little to no revenue coming in.

"I want to thank Ed for his contributions to WestJet's strategy and growth initiatives over the past four years," said Chris Burley, Chairman of WestJet's board of directors. "Ed has led WestJet through the worst crisis in aviation history and will see us through to the end of 2021. We owe our relative strength and stability in no small measure to Ed's leadership and steady hand. On a personal note, we're pleased that Ed will be able to rejoin his family in New Zealand at the end of the year."

The update comes just after WestJet, last week, introduced a COVID-19 screening program for its customers. 

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