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WestJet Appoints Kirstin de Brujin as Executive Vice President, Cargo

WestJet has today announced the appointment of Kirstin de Brujin as the carrier’s new Executive Vice President, Cargo. Ms. de Brujin will join WestJet’s executive leadership team later this month, following a successful immigration process.

WestJet's New Executive Vice President - Cargo, Kirstin de Brujin - Courtesy WestJet

On Tuesday (April 5, 2022), WestJet announced the appointment of Kirstin de Brujin as the airline’s new Executive Vice President – Cargo. Ms. de Brujin has over 15 years of experience in the airline industry, including vast cargo experience. She joins WestJet from Qatar Airways, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Cargo Sales and Network Planning, with responsibilities including the management of the airline’s global cargo sales organization and oversight of the freighter network planning department. Prior to joining Qatar Airways, de Brujin served as Vice President – Cargo Pricing and Interline, at Emirates SkyCargo. In her new role, Ms. de Brujin will play an instrumental role in building WestJet’s dedicated cargo capabilities. She will join the airline’s executive leadership team later this month, following a successful immigration process.

In Tuesday’s announcement, WestJet’s CEO, Alexis von Hoensbroech, said,

“Kirsten has demonstrated consistent and proven success in driving strategic growth for an impressive portfolio of Cargo businesses around the globe. As WestJet Cargo enters a pivotal moment of providing much-needed competitive choice and prices to customers across our network and beyond, there is no better leader for the task.

“My sincerest thank you to Charles Duncan, EVP Cargo and President, Swoop, for his dedication and contributions to building an incredible foundation for WestJet Cargo, enabling the cargo function to expand and evolve in an extremely competitive market.”

Also commenting on her upcoming role with WestJet Cargo, Kirstin de Brujin, added,

“I am thrilled to be joining WestJet Cargo as the business sets sights on a competitive and aggressive expansion. With such a strong foundation supported by a growing fleet, team and complementary network, I am confident that WestJet Cargo has a bright future ahead as we strive to bring customers more choice and the caring customer service akin to the WestJet brand.”

With 26 years of service, WestJet has cut airfares for Canadians in half and increased the flying population around Canada by over 50 percent. The airline launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, and has now grown to more than 180 aircraft and 14,000 employees, offering service to 100 destinations in 23 countries (pre-pandemic). Even 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.

Source: WestJet

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