Duncan takes on EVP role at WestJet as Cummings, Kenyon prepare for departure

Duncan takes on new role at WS; Cummings, Kenyon prepare for departure

CALGARY — Just announced changes to WestJet’s executive leadership team include the departure of Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Guest Services Bob Cummings and Executive Vice-President, Operations Cam Kenyon, as well as the promotion of Charles Duncan, Executive Vice-President, and President, WestJet Encore to Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer as of Aug. 1.

WestJet says Cummings will retire effective July 31. Cam Kenyon is leaving WestJet to return to the U.S. effective Aug. 31.

“Bob Cummings has served as an EVP for more than 12 years and in that time the airline successfully grew revenues from $1 billion to more than $4 billion,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “His guidance and experience have been invaluable to us all. I thank Bob for his many contributions and wish him well in his next chapter.”

Meanwhile Kenyon is returning to Denver to be with his family “and we are grateful that he extended his contract twice to lead us through WestJet’s transition to a global, full-service carrier and our labour negotiations,” added Sims. “I thank Cam for the wealth of experience he has brought to the role.”

Sims says WestJet “has reached a critical juncture as we look to significantly expand our global network.” In his role as Chief Strategy Officer, Duncan will be responsible for providing the leadership necessary to ensure that WestJet’s strategic goals are met, according to Sims.

Duncan worked for more than 20 years at United and Continental Airlines in a variety of commercial and operational roles before joining WestJet in June 2017 as Executive Vice-President and President, WestJet Encore. Since that time he has led the Encore team to continued expansion with the delivery of an additional eight Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Through his leadership, WestJet Encore is now among the best in on-time performance for regional airlines. “Strategy development and significant ability to execute will be the keys to our success,” said Duncan. “I am honoured to lead this team.”

Along with the executive changes, John Aaron, Vice-President, Flight Operations for WestJet Encore will assume the role of Vice-President and General Manager, WestJet Encore, reporting to the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer.

Global searches are underway for both the Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operations Officer.

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