CALGARY, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - WestJet today announced the appointment of Cheryl Smith to the position of Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer.
Ms. Smith brings to WestJet over 30 years experience in information technology implementation, infrastructure and operation in a number of industries including energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and consulting.
"We are delighted to have someone with Cheryl's expertise and extensive business and executive leadership experience in this new role," said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. "As WestJet continues to grow and forge new partnerships around the world and evolve its business model, the development, implementation and operation of information management systems is mission-critical to our success."
Ms. Smith has served in executive roles in Fortune 500 companies, including McKesson Corp, the largest health care company in the world, with 32,000 employees and current annual revenues of $108 billion. She has also held senior leadership positions at Ernst & Young, Honeywell Federal Systems, Verizon and KeySpan Energy.
Ms. Smith comes to WestJet from Smith and Associates in Virginia, U.S.A., where she leads a team of information technology experts. She will join WestJet shortly, pending completion of immigration formalities.
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion, WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 93 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 42 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.