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WestJet Board of Directors Announces Change to Role

Feb. 11, 2009, Calgary - WestJet and its Board of Directors today announced a change to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board. Effective today.


February 11, 2009
By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 11, 2009, Calgary – WestJet and its Board of Directors today
announced a change to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board. Effective
today, Mr. Clive Beddoe will hold the position of Chairman of the Board of
Directors. The role will no longer carry the title Executive Chairman. This
change reflects the final transitional step of Mr. Beddoe relinquishing the
executive role to Sean Durfy, President and Chief Executive Officer.
    
Lead Director of the Board, Allan Jackson commented, "Clive has been a
tremendous asset for WestJet in this role. It allowed for a very smooth and
effective transition period for Sean. This new role will still allow WestJet
and the board to benefit from Clive's experience and counsel."
 
Clive Beddoe said, "I am confident that the team is in place that allows
me to change the scope of my role to that of Chairman. This move will bring
balance between the needs of the airline and its board with my desire to move
more responsibility to Sean and his Executive Vice-Presidents. I'm proud of
our achievements over the last 13 years, and I believe we are well positioned
for the future and continued healthy growth."