News Releases

WestJet announces appointment of Brigid Pelino to Executive Vice-President, People and Culture

Seasoned Tim Hortons executive to join the airline in August


CALGARY, April 25, 2013 /CNW/ - April 25, 2013 - WestJet today announced the appointment of Brigid Pelino to the position of Executive Vice-President, People and Culture, effective mid-August 2013.

Brigid Pelino joins WestJet after 13 years with Tim Hortons where she was Executive Vice-President, Human Resources. Prior to Tim Hortons, Brigid held increasingly senior human resource roles in Canadian Tire Corporation, Honeywell Aerospace based in Los Angeles and General Electric.

"We look forward to welcoming Brigid to the WestJet team," commented Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. "Her experience at Tim Hortons, one of Canada's iconic customer service brands, will bring tremendous insight and value to WestJet as we continue to grow and as we launch WestJet Encore's first flight on June 24, 2013."

"WestJet is a jewel in the Canadian business landscape!" commented Brigid Pelino. "Their approach with employee ownership and empowerment is renowned and I could not be more thrilled to become a 'WestJetter' and be part of the team."

Brigid Pelino holds an honours bachelor of arts (economics and accounting) degree from the University of Toronto and a masters industrial relations degree from the University of Toronto. Recently, Brigid served as the Executive Chair, Canada for the Women's Foodservice Forum - an organization dedicated to the development of women leaders in the industry.

Brigid lives in Oakville, Ontario with her three children and will be relocating to Calgary by the end of the summer.

About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 85 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of more than 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

Connect with WestJet on Facebook at
Follow WestJet on Twitter at
Subscribe to WestJet on YouTube at

Image with caption: "WestJet welcomes Brigid Pelino as Executive Vice-President, People and Culture (CNW Group/WestJet)". Image available at:


For further information:

Media contact:
Media Relations, 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397),