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WestJet Airlines Ltd (WJA.TO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Clive Beddoe

72 2009 Independent Chairman of the Board

Edward Sims

55 2018 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Christopher Burley

57 2016 Independent Vice Chairman of the Board

Harry Taylor

2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President - Finance

Jeffrey Martin

58 2018 Chief Operating Officer

Craig Maccubbin

2017 Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Charles Duncan

2018 Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Steven Greenway

2018 Executive Vice President, President Swoop

Mark Porter

2015 Executive Vice President, People and Culture

Arved Von zur Muehlen

2019 Chief Commercial Officer

Bradley Armitage

49 2017 Non-independent Director

Ronald Brenneman

72 2009 Independent Director

Brett Godfrey

55 2006 Independent Director

Allan Jackson

78 2011 Independent Director

S. Barry Jackson

66 2009 Independent Director

Colleen Johnston

60 2018 Independent Director

Janice Rennie

62 2011 Independent Director

Karen Sheriff

61 2016 Independent Director

Jeff Hagen

2018 Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Clive Beddoe

Mr. Clive J. Beddoe serves as Independent Chairman of the Board of WestJet Airlines Ltd. Mr. Beddoe is the Chair of the Board of WestJet, President of The Hanover Group of Companies (a private investment company) and the Chair of the Board of SQI Diagnostics Inc. (a publicly-traded diagnostics company). Mr. Beddoe, a successful entrepreneur, brings to WestJet a strong background in financial planning and strategic management. Mr. Beddoe was a private pilot and had been licensed to fly numerous types of aircraft. It was through this keen interest in aircraft that he became involved with the formation of WestJet. Mr. Beddoe is a co-founder of WestJet and served as President until September 2006 and the CEO until September 2007, at which point he became the Executive Chairman. On February 10, 2009, Mr. Beddoe relinquished his role as Executive Chairman of WestJet in favour of acting solely as Chair of the Board. Mr. Beddoe has been the recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Calgary and Wilfred Laurier University and was appointed the 2010/2011 Jarislowsky Resident Fellow in Business Management at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. In 2012, Mr. Beddoe was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and, in 2013, was inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame.

Edward Sims

Mr. Edward Sims is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Edward Sims was appointed President and CEO and as a director of WestJet on March 7, 2018. He first joined WestJet in May 2017 as EVP, Commercial. Prior to WestJet, Mr. Sims held senior commercial and operational leadership positions within the Tui, Thomas Cook, and Virgin Groups and served for ten years at Air New Zealand where he led the international wide-body business. His most recent role was as CEO of Airways, New Zealand’s air navigation service provider. Mr. Sims obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the Jesus College, University of Oxford. He has previously served on the boards of multiple tourism associations, the New Zealand Police and the Office of the New Zealand Auditor General.

Christopher Burley

Mr. Christopher M. Burley serves as Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of WestJet Airlines Ltd. Mr. Burley is a corporate director and Vice Chair of the Board. He serves on the board of Nutrien Ltd. (a fertilizer company) and is the former Non-Executive Chairman of Parallel Energy Inc., the administrator of Parallel Energy Trust (an oil and gas producer). He spent over two decades in the investment banking industry and was Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Energy at Merrill Lynch before his retirement in 2008. Mr. Burley has a Bachelor of Science degree with a certificate of Honours Standing (Geophysics) and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Education Program and holds the ICD.D designation.

Harry Taylor

Mr. Harry P. Taylor is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President - Finance of WestJet Airlines Ltd. Mr. Taylor joined WestJet as EVP, Finance and CFO in October 2015. He is responsible for the overall financial management of WestJet, its financial reporting and long-term financial planning, as well as for multiple corporate functions including audit and advisory, controllership, investor relations, procurement and materials, treasury and tax. Before joining WestJet, Mr. Taylor spent more than 20 years in retail and consumer packaged goods. He held senior finance and operating leadership roles with Canadian Tire Corporation, Holt Renfrew, Home Depot, and Frito-Lay in both Canada and the United States. Mr. Taylor began his career in professional services, serving clients for McKinsey & Company for five years and Ernst & Young for three years. Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1983, a Chartered Accountant designation from Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario in 1988..

Jeffrey Martin

Mr. Jeffrey L. Martin is Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Martin joined WestJet in September 2018 as Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Mr. Martin is responsible for WestJet's Flight Operations (including the Operational Control Centre), Guest Experience (Contact Centre and Inflight), Airports, Technical (Maintenance) Operations, and the business strategy and execution of WestJet Encore. Mr. Martin comes to WestJet with more than 28 years of extensive commercial aviation and operational experience, having most recently served as Executive Vice President of Operations, where he was responsible for Technical Operations, System Operations, Safety, Security, Flight Operations, Training and Regulatory Compliance for the sixth largest airline in the U.S. Prior to that he held various leadership roles at Southwest Airlines, where he started as a pilot and, over two decades, progressed to Vice President of the Operations Coordination Centre. He maintains an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and is captain qualified on the DC-10, Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft. He also served in the United States Air Force flying KC-10s prior to beginning his commercial aviation career. In addition to his work in the aviation industry, Mr. Martin has been a board member at LaSalle Hotel Properties since October 2016.

Craig Maccubbin

Mr. Craig Maccubbin serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company. Mr. Craig Maccubbin joined WestJet as EVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in April of 2017. In this role, Mr. Maccubbin is responsible for the overarching strategy of WestJet's IT programs and the team’s continuing effort to support both external guest experience and internal productivity. Mr. Maccubbin joined WestJet from Southwest Airlines where he was the Chief Technology Officer. His career in senior leadership roles spans over 25 years, including CIO for Spirit Airlines, LasVegas.com and Black Entertainment Television. Mr. Maccubbin was a key player in the founding of the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC), a group focused on cyber threat intelligence sharing across the global aviation industry. Mr. Maccubbin studied Psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

Charles Duncan

Mr. Charles Duncan has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of the Company effective August 1, 2018 . He became EVP and President of WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore, in June 2017. In August 2018 he moved into the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining WestJet, he was Senior Vice-President, Technical Operations at United Airlines where he oversaw the maintenance organization of 12,500 employees, including aircraft line and base maintenance, maintenance planning, reliability, ground service equipment, facilities and supply chain. He also enjoyed a long and successful career with Continental Airlines navigating the commercial side with roles in pricing and revenue management, network planning, and sales. Mr. Duncan has held several leadership positions, including Vice-President, Chicago O’Hare Hub, VicePresident, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for United Airlines as well as President and Chief Operating Officer of Continental’s semi-independent subsidiary, Continental Micronesia in Guam. Mr. Duncan achieved his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Relations in 1996 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 2002.

Steven Greenway

Mr. Steven Greenway is Executive Vice President, President Swoop of the Company. He became EVP and President of WestJet’s ULCC, Swoop, in March 2018. Prior to joining WestJet, he was the CEO of reward-U, the pioneering low-cost carrier (LCC) loyalty program of HK Express, and as the Board Director of Zuji, one of Asia’s leading online travel agencies where he was responsible for helping drive operational excellence, strategic planning and accelerating revenue growth for both organizations. Mr. Greenway has held a variety of executive and leadership positions at airlines including Japanese LLC Peach Aviation, Virgin Blue, Virgin Atlantic and Qantas. More recently, Mr. Greenway was the founding member and Chief Commercial Officer for Scoot, Singapore Airline’s successful mid-to-long haul LCC. Mr. Greenway graduated from the University of Queensland with dual Bachelor degrees in Economics in 1994 and Political Science in 1996.

Mark Porter

Mr. Mark Porter is the Executive Vice President, People and Culture of the Company. Mr. Porter joined WestJet as EVP, People and Culture in October 2015. Mr. Porter is responsible for overseeing all aspects of WestJet's People (human resources) department including people relations, labour relations, talent management, organizational development, recruitment, learning and development, total rewards and internal communications and culture. Prior to coming to WestJet, Mr. Porter spent almost a decade as senior vice-president of human resources with Shaw Communications. Mr. Porter also worked at Molson Canada as the Chief People Officer as well as Bombardier as an aircraft engineer before transitioning into a role in human resources. Mr. Porter has his higher national diploma in mechanical engineering with postgraduate diplomas in manufacturing management and human resources management from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and his Master of Business Administration in applied general management from the University of Sussex, England. He sits on the volunteer board for Outward Bound Canada which helps underprivileged kids with self-development, leadership and unlocking their true potential.

Arved Von zur Muehlen

Mr. Arved Von zur Muehlen is Chief Commercial Officer of the Company, effective January 2, 2019. Mr. Arved joined WestJet in January of 2019 as Chief Commercial Officer. Mr. Von Zur Muehlen leads WestJet’s commercial team with responsibility for all aspects of the commercial function including digital marketing, network planning and alliances, revenue management, sales, loyalty, WestJet Vacations and marketing communications. Mr. Von Zur Muehlen brings more than 20 years of commercial aviation experience to WestJet. He joined the airline from Malaysia Airlines, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer responsible for the sales, revenue management, network planning, marketing and branding, product development, digital and customer experience. Prior to his role at Malaysia Airlines, he served as the Senior Vice-President of Commercial Network Operations at Qatar Airlines and the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Intercontinental Markets at Swiss International Airlines. Mr. Von Zur Muehlen also spent over 15 years with Lufthansa German Airlines where he took on various leadership roles

Bradley Armitage

Mr. Bradley Carr Armitage is Non-independent Directorof the company. He is the Chair of the WestJet Employee Association (WEA). He first joined WestJet in 2011 as a Customer Service Agent and in 2012, he joined WEA as a representative in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mr. Armitage has been an active member of WEA, last holding the position of Secretary before his appointment to Chair in January 2017. Prior to WestJet, he worked mainly in federal and provincial politics, advising on the political and economic climate of Nova Scotia, as well as working within the party system on policy and organization. Mr. Armitage attended Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College and Université Sainte-Anne, and is currently enrolled in the Industrial Relations program at Queen’s University.

Ronald Brenneman

Mr. Ronald Alvin Brenneman is Independent Director of WestJet Airlines Ltd. since September 2009. Mr. Brenneman has been a corporate director since 2010. In January 2018, Mr. Brenneman was appointed to the board of directors of Thor Resources Inc. (a private helium exploration and development company). He was the Executive Vice-Chairman of Suncor Energy Inc. (an integrated energy company) from August 2009 until February 2010, and the President and CEO of Petro-Canada (a petroleum company) from January 2000 until August 2009. Prior to joining Petro-Canada, he spent more than 30 years with Imperial Oil Limited and its parent company, Exxon Corporation (an oil and gas company). Mr. Brenneman is a former board member of Scotiabank (a Schedule I bank), Ithaca Energy Inc. (an oil and gas operator) and BCE Inc. (a telecommunications company). Mr. Brenneman holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. in Control Systems from the University of Manchester.

Brett Godfrey

Mr. Brett Alan Godfrey serves as Independent Director of WestJet Airlines Ltd., since August 22, 2006. Mr. Godfrey is the co-founder and former CEO of Virgin Blue, now Virgin Australia (a publicly listed airline). He has worked for various Virgin Group airlines, starting in the early 1990s with Virgin Atlantic as its Finance Manager. In 1997, he was appointed CFO of Virgin Express, before launching Virgin Blue, an airline he conceptualized and implemented in 2000 and retired from 10 years later. Mr. Godfrey is a board member of Auckland International Airport. He holds a business degree from Victoria University and is a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Godfrey was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his service to tourism and aviation, was recognized as the Australian Chief Executive of the Year by the Customer Service Institute of Australia, and the Outstanding Chartered Accountant in Business by the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2017, Mr. Godfrey was appointed Chair of Tourism and Events Queensland.

Allan Jackson

Mr. Allan W. Jackson is Independent Director of WestJet Airlines Ltd. Mr. Jackson s the Executive Chairman and CEO of Arci Ltd. (a private real estate investment company) and President and CEO of Jackson Enterprises Inc. (a private holding and consulting company). Mr. Jackson is the former Chair of the Board of Canadian Western Bank (a Schedule I Bank) and previously served as a director of Princeton Developments Ltd. (a private real estate development and management company). Mr. Jackson received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

S. Barry Jackson

Mr. S. Barry Jackson serves as Independent Director of WestJet Airlines Ltd., since February 24, 2009. Mr. Jackson is a corporate director. He is the former President and CEO and director of Crestar Energy Inc. (an oil and gas exploration and production company). Mr. Jackson is on the board, and the former Chair, of TransCanada Corporation (an energy infrastructure company) and TransCanada PipeLines Limited, and a former director of Laricina Energy Ltd. (a private oil and gas exploration and production company). Mr. Jackson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He was made a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2010.

Colleen Johnston

Ms. Colleen M. Johnston is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Johnston is currently a director of Shopify Inc. (a Canadian ecommerce company) and McCain Foods (a global family-owned food business). She has extensive experience in financial and organizational leadership serving previously as the CFO of TD Bank (a Schedule I Bank) from 2005 to 2015. Prior to her retirement from TD Bank in 2018, she served as Group Head – Technology, Direct Channels, Marketing and Corporate and Public Affairs. Ms. Johnston has received many prestigious awards for her contribution to the business community including Canada’s CFO of the year (2012), honorary doctorates from St. Mary’s University and York University (Schulich School of Business) and was inducted into Canada’s WXN 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame in 2007. Ms. Johnston has a Bachelor of Business Administration (honours) from York University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). She was elected a Fellow CPA in 2006.

Janice Rennie

Ms. Janice Gaye Rennie is Independent Director of WestJet Airlines Ltd. since August 3, 2011. Ms. Rennie is currently the non-executive Chair of EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR) (a municipally-owned utility company). She also sits on the board of Major Drilling Group International Inc. (a drilling services company), Methanex Corporation (a methanol producer), and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (an integrated forestry company). She has held senior management positions with a number of companies including, most recently, EPCOR, where she served as Senior Vice-President of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness. Prior to 2004, Ms. Rennie was Principal of Rennie & Associates, which provided investment and related advice to small and midsized companies. Ms. Rennie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. In 2012, Ms. Rennie was made a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Karen Sheriff

Ms. Karen H. Sheriff is Independent Director of WestJet Airlines Ltd. Ms. Sheriff is the former President and CEO of Q9 Networks Inc. (a data centre operator). Prior to her role at Q9, she was President and CEO of Bell Aliant from 2008 to 2014, following more than nine years in senior leadership positions at BCE Inc. Ms. Sheriff is also a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and BCE Inc. Early on in her career, Ms. Sheriff spent over 10 years at United Airlines, in the areas of Marketing and Strategy. Ms. Sheriff holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, with concentrations in Marketing and Finance, from the University of Chicago. She was named one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence for both 2013 and 2014 by Women of Influence Inc. In 2012, she was named Woman of the Year by the Canadian Women in Communications and has been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine and one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women on multiple occasions.

Jeff Hagen