WestJet’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Arved von zur Muehlen will step down on March 5, 2021 and be succeeded by WestJet and airline industry veteran John Weatherill.
On Tuesday (February 16, 2021), WestJet announced that their Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Arved von zur Muehlen, will step down on March 5, 2021 and will be succeeded by WestJet and airline industry veteran John Weatherill.
In today’s announcement, WestJet’s President and CEO, Ed Sims, said,
“Arved’s strategic thinking and ability have been of huge value to WestJet. On behalf of our WestJetters and our board of directors, we thank Arved for all he has done. We are fortunate to have a very strong and capable successor for Arved.” Speaking on John Weatherill’s appointment, Mr. Sims added, “John's knowledge, experience and leadership will be strong assets as we shape our recovery and future.”
Commenting on his departure from the company, Arved von zur Muehlen said,
"I am grateful to our WestJetters, our guests and my colleagues on the executive team for having the opportunity to work for this great airline through some of the most pivotal times in our 25-year history. I will remain a big supporter of WestJet and look forward to seeing the airline recover, as it is well positioned for the challenges that lay ahead.”
John Weatherill will step into the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Mr. Weatherill joined WestJet in 2013 and has served in several roles including Director of Network & Schedule planning, Director of revenue Management, Vice President of Pricing & Revenue Management and most recently as President – Network & Revenue. With over 20 years of airline industry experience, John Weatherill has been instrumental in WestJet’s growth including the carrier’s entry into the transatlantic market, premium cabin growth, branded fares and new ancillary products, as well as the management of the carrier’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, along with his team of WestJetters.
Prior to the Global COVID-19 pandemic, WestJet and subsidiary regional airlines, WestJet Encore and WestJet Link, offered scheduled service to over 110 destinations across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. WestJet and WestJet Encore continue to connect all 38 of the carrier’s Canadian domestic airports with reduced capacity, ensuring essential cargo and passenger connectivity. During these unprecedented times, the carrier has maintained their rating by Cirium as one of the top ten airlines for on-time performance in North America.