Preparing For Expansion, WS Adds 3 Senior Leaders

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

WestJet has announced that three new vice presidents will join the senior leadership team, as the airline prepares for international expansion.

Gandeephan Ganeshalingam joins as VP, Lean and Continuous Improvement, Stuart McDonald as VP and Chief Technology Officer and Scott Groh as VP, Crew Resources.

"I am pleased to welcome Gandeephan, Stuart and Scott to the WestJet leadership team," said CEO Gregg Saretsky. "As we continue on our path to becoming a global, full-service carrier, the additional bench strength provided by our newest leaders is key to this exciting initiative."

Ganeshalingam joins WS 19FEB, from GE Canada, where he most recently served as Chief Innovation Officer. In that role, he supported WS on several initiatives, including an artificial intelligence project to improve dispatch reliability for WestJet's Boeing 767s. 

McDonald will be VP and Chief Technology Officer when he joins WestJet on 29JAN. With 25 years of global IT leadership experience, he most recently served as VP, Strategic Initiatives, and VP, Employee Enablement at TD Bank.  Prior to his time at TD, McDonald’s experience includes two years with Cathay Pacific as Head of Enterprise Programs. He will work to build out the global technology footprint needed to meet the airline's expansion plans.

Groh joined WS on 3JAN, in the role of VP, Crew Resources. He most recently held a similar role at Qatar Airways and also held the position of VP, Crew Resources for Etihad Airways for nine years. He has more than 30 years of experience in crew planning, and crew scheduling operations.

WS believes Groh’s experience with a complex fleet mix and schedule network involving more than 200 aircraft, 3,500 pilots, and 11,000 cabin crew members with full-service global airlines will help WestJet prepare for the challenges and opportunities of deploying its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet and global network plans.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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