Former American Eagle executive to join airline in January 2014
CALGARY, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced the appointment
of Fred Cleveland to the position of Executive Vice-President,
Operations, effective January 6, 2014.
Fred Cleveland joins WestJet from American Eagle Airlines, where he has
been Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President of Technical
Operations since December 2009, responsible for the airlines' 1,700
daily flights to more than 150 cities across North America. Prior to
his work with American Eagle, Fred was Vice-President of Base
Maintenance for American Airlines from 2008 to 2009.
"We look forward to welcoming Fred to the WestJet team," commented Gregg
Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. "His extensive airline industry
experience, coupled with his impressive military background, will be a
strong asset for the airline as we continue to extend our network, grow
our fleet and focus on the safe, efficient and on-time operation of our
"WestJet has garnered an international reputation as an outstanding
airline," said Fred Cleveland. "Being asked to become a 'WestJetter' is
an honour and I look forward to getting started in the New Year."
Prior to joining American, Cleveland served 28 years in the U.S. Navy in
a number of assignments, and the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron
Blue Angels, Fighter Weapons School Top Gun, and Executive Officer of
the Naval Air Depot. In his last assignment, holding the rank of
Captain, Fred served as the Commanding Officer for the Fleet Readiness
Center Southwest, located in San Diego, California where, as CEO, he
directed all phases of the Navy's largest airframe aviation industrial
activity. He has served several sea deployments, including service
board aircraft carriers during Operation Desert Storm.
Cleveland received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from
the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He also holds a Master of Business
Administration degree in Systems Management from the Naval Post
Graduate School and is a Ph.D candidate at Oklahoma State University.
He is certified by the Department of Defense in Manufacturing,
Production and Quality. He is a Certified Professional Logistician by
the Society of Logistical Engineers and holds a LEAN/Six Sigma Green
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new regional airline, WestJet Encore.
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