We were delighted that Canadian Business magazine this week named our President and CEO, Gregg Saretsky, as top new CEO of the year as part of its inaugural CEO of the Year awards. The award is given to the top chief executive officer in the role for less than five years, as judged by a prestigious panel of Canadian business leaders and academics. Gregg’s business acumen is highly publicized, and our financial, operational and guest experience results speak for themselves. But we also admire Gregg’s human side. On our employee Facebook page, we asked WestJetters what makes Gregg such a great leader:

  • “He’s human. He apologizes when it’s important. Explains the ‘why’ behind decisions. Empathizes with all of us. Supports us all in being heard. He’s kind, ambitious, smart as heck and humble. He fits the WestJet persona and has the passion to dream big!” (Maria, Halifax airport)
  • “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’ve met him, he always remembers your name!“ (Lisa, WestJet Vacations contact centre)
  • “He remembers where he came from and does not put himself above any part of the job. He’ll explain where we are headed as a company just as passionately as he’ll help lift a guest’s bag or push a wheelchair.” (Theressa, Toronto airport)
  • “When times are tough in the contact centre on busy winter days, he comes down and offers his help in any way possible: phone calls, hugs or whatever he can do to ease our load and stress. He is so approachable and will always stop to say hello and ask how your day is going.” (Colleen, contact centre)
  • “A testimony to how amazingly engaged and devoted our leadership team is: I highly doubt Gregg would make it five minutes on Undercover Boss!” (Ashley, Creative Services)
  • “He responds quickly to emails sent directly to him. It’s amazing to be able to contact the CEO and have a response to questions the same day!” (David, Boeing 737 First Officer)
  • “Gregg’s never afraid to roll up his paisley sleeves and help out!” (Anne, Calgary airport)

We’re proud to be working together with a great leader towards our vision of becoming one of the world’s most successful airlines.

Congratulations on your award, Gregg!

Gregg's 2013 Halloween costume.

Gregg’s 2013 Halloween costume.

Gregg running in the 2013 Run for the Cure in honor of one of our flight attendants who is battling breast cancer.

Gregg running in the 2013 Run for the Cure in honor of one of our flight attendants who is battling breast cancer.

Happy birthday, boss! Our head office's fifth floor prepared a friendly prank for Gregg's birthday.
Happy birthday, boss! Our head office’s fifth floor prepared a friendly prank for Gregg’s birthday.

 

  • Joanne Hirst-Adams

    Hello…to all of you wonderful Westjetters…
    I am NOT one to write letters of any kind, but this just has to be said!
    I live in Prince Edward Island, Canada. We retired here, my husbands home, in 1994 from Calgary. My husband was with the RCMP- CSIS (plain clothes) for 14 years in Calgary..We have 2 sons and 6 grandchildren. I was born in Manitoba but was raised in the NWT..Travel has become a way of life for us…Through the years, with our respective families at opposite ends of the country, we have done quite a lot of flying back and forth. So far this year, I have flown with hubby and grand-daughter from Charlottetown to Calgary & return, as well as from Charlottetown to Winnipeg & return. As expected, both trips were superb… There are other airlines available, but let me tell you that none of them, and I repeat, NONE of them even come close to your quality of service. Each and every employee of West Jet is unique, starting at the check-in counter and continuing right on up to the top. I don’t know where you find them – I can only assume that your success truly is because you CARE and THAT is what you look for in others….Please, don’t ever change. As it now stands, I would rather walk than have to fly with another carrier!! Please continue your superb service, nation-wide and keep those flights landing in Charlottetown…Our Island loves you!!! Thank you! <3

  • Lorraine

    Congratulations! Love West Jet and cannot wait until I take the grand kids down to Disney. The last time was 15 years ago and West Jet made the trip exciting the minute we boarded. The Stewardess were great with the kids who were afraid to fly and upon return the kids were excited to see the crew again. BLess

  • Lorraine

    I am from Gimili and agree with you 110 % The West Jet Way is the Only Way, Fly Today! I