1493607785970 - Airways boss takes commercial role with Canadian airline WestJet

Airways boss takes commercial role with Canadian airline WestJet

The boss of the country’s air traffic control provider is flying off to Canadian airline WestJet.

Airways chief executive Ed Sims has been appointed WestJet’s executive vice-president of commercial, the company said Monday.

Sims had led the state-owned air traffic navigation provider for six years before he said in February he would be leaving for a position with an international organisation.

Sims would join WestJet, a low cost airline based in Canada, at the end of May.

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He previously held a top executive role at Air New Zealand and has more than 30 years experience in the tourism and aviation industries.

“Ed brings to WestJet extensive expertise in leadership, innovation, sales and marketing, operations and change management, and I am delighted to have someone with his experience and skills join our leadership team,” WestJet president and chief executive Gregg Saretsky said.

“As we expand WestJet’s horizons, I look forward to Ed’s global perspective and contributions to our growth plans.”

Sims said WestJet had built a globally recognised reputation.

“I have watched the WestJet success story from afar and now I am honoured to be given the opportunity to shape the next chapter in WestJet’s history.”

In February, Airways chairwoman Judy Kirk said Sims was crucial to a transformation strategy at Airways.

Sims had said it was time for a new chief executive to lead the organisation.

“Ed joined Airways in 2011 to realise the organisation’s vision of being a key player in the provision of global air navigation products and services,” Kirk said.

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