WestJet CEO Steps Down In Surprise Leadership Change

WestJet, Canada’s second largest airline, made a surprise CEO change, announcing March 8 that Gregg Saretsky was stepping down, effective immediately, after eight years leading the company.

Executive Vice President-Commercial Ed Sims, who has held senior positions with Air New Zealand and most recently the CEO of New Zealand air navigation service provider Airservices, was named the Calgary-based airline’s new President and CEO. He also was appointed to WestJet’s board of directors with immediate effect. Sims joined WestJet in May 2017.