WestJet CEO shares ‘five secrets’ at UFV lecture

Gregg Saretsky wants to let you in on a few secrets, five to be exact.

Gregg Saretsky wants to let you in on a few secrets, five to be exact.

WestJet’s president and CEO will be speaking on the topic of Engaging Employees: WestJet’s 5 Secrets to Success, when he visits Abbotsford on March 23.

Saretsky is the second speaker in UFV president Mark Evered’s Leadership Lecture Series.

WestJet’s goal is to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world by 2016.

In February WestJet posted a 2010 net income of $136.7 million, up 39.3 per cent over a $98.2 million profit in 2009, on a 14.5 per cent jump in revenue to $2.61 billion.

WestJet is one of the most profitable airlines in North America and is also successful at fostering a positive corporate culture, having been named one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The airline also plays a key role in the Abbotsford economy and spurring local growth and development.

The City of Abbotsford has identified aerospace-related industry as one of the key growth engines for the regional economy.

Saretsky became WestJet president and CEO in April 2010 after a long career in the airline industry.

As WestJet CEO Saretsky is responsible for both the strategic direction of the company and day-to-day operations of the airline.

“I’m pleased to be partnering with the City of Abbotsford to bring such a dynamic business leader to the Fraser Valley,” said UFV president Mark Evered.

“We’ve created this leadership lecture series specifically to bring in high-profile speakers of interest to the general public in our communities. Everyone  is encouraged to attend this free event  and participate in an ongoing community dialogue with our guest speakers, students, faculty and staff.”

The lecture takes place at 5 p.m. in the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.

For information visit www.ufv.ca, email betsy.terpsma@ufv.ca or call 604 854-4503.