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WestJet appoints Encore president

WestJet has announced the appointment of Ferio Pugliese to the position of president, WestJet Encore, and executive vice-president, WestJet. “I am very pleased that Ferio will be leading WestJet Encore; he understands and exudes our strong culture,”said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet president and CEO. As has been the case with WestJet to date, the competitive advantage and success of WestJet Encore will be based on the engagement of WestJetters and a low-cost business model. Ferio’s involvement in WestJet Encore’s design and his significant contribution to our people leadership and culture make him the ideal choice for this role. With his leadership WestJet Encore will soar as we begin service in 2013.”A certified human resources professional (CHRP) and 2007 recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 award, Pugliese holds a master of arts degree from Central Michigan University, a bachelor of arts degree in social science and a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Windsor. He joined WestJet in June 2007 and has spearheaded many initiatives that have led to the airline’s numerous top employer accolades, including Waterstone’s Most Admired Corporate Culture, Mediacorp’s Top 100 Employers and Aon Hewitt’s Best Employers in Canada. Pugliese will continue to have responsibility for WestJet’s People and Culture teams until a search for his successor is completed.

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