Nolen Joins WestJet As VP Safety, Security And Quality

WestJet has appointed Billy Nolen to the role of vice-president, safety, security and quality. He will join WestJet on Feb. 24.

Reporting to WestJet president and CEO, Ed Sims, Nolen will be responsible for the strategic direction of all safety, security and quality related activities across the WestJet group.

Of the appointment, Sims said, “Billy is a results-driven safety leader with an impressive record of accomplishments in aviation. As WestJet continues our evolution to a network carrier with broader global reach, Billy’s experience in upholding the safety culture of some of world’s safest airlines will greatly benefit our continued commitment to safety above all. We are excited to have Billy join our team.”

As Nolen sees it, “WestJet clearly shares my passion for safety as it’s recognized to be one of the safest airlines. I look forward to being part of the WestJet team and to further strengthening its safety culture across its growing global network.”

Nolen brings more than 30 years of operations and corporate safety, regulatory affairs and flight operations experience to WestJet. He will be joining from Qantas Airways Limited, where he served as Executive Manager, Group Safety and Health, responsible for the safety performance of the Qantas Group.

Prior to his role at Qantas Airways Limited, Billy served as senior vice-president, Safety, Security and Operations for Airlines for America and Managing Director, Corporate Safety and Regulatory Affairs for American Airlines.

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