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WestJet names Vito Culmone as executive VP and chief financial officer

WestJet Airlines has appointed Vito Culmone, formerly with Molson Canada, as executive vice-president for finance and chief financial officer.


September 19, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

CALGARY (CP) _ WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) has appointed Vito Culmone, formerly with Molson Canada (TSX:TAP.B), as executive vice-president for finance and chief financial officer.

Culmone, who will join WestJet on March 1, had been VP for commercial finance at Molson.

CEO Clive Beddoe said Culmone brings over 17 years of key experience in finance and business strategy to the airline. During a 12-year career at Molson, he had also been VP, controller and corporate finance before the merger with Coors and CFO of Molson USA.

Culmone will take over from acting interim CFOs Janice Paget and Derek Payne, who accepted the role after the retirement of Sandy Campbell in July 2006.

Calgary-based WestJet is Canada's biggest discount airline, offering scheduled service with its 35-city North American and Caribbean network.