Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> July 29, 2016

Interview with the EVP, Finance and CFO: WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSE:WJA)

Taylor, Harry
Harry Taylor joined WestJet Airlines Ltd. as Executive Vice President, Finance and CFO in October 2015. Mr. Taylor is responsible for accounting, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, internal audit, procurement, treasury and tax. Before joining WestJet, Mr. Taylor spent more than 20 years in retail and consumer packaged goods. He held senior finance and operating leadership roles with Canadian Tire Corporation, Holt Renfrew, Home Depot and Frito-Lay in both Canada and the United States. Mr. Taylor began his career in professional services, serving clients for McKinsey & Company for five years and Ernst & Young for three years. A native of Winnipeg, Mr. Taylor considers Toronto to be his hometown, even though he has lived in Dallas, Atlanta and Calgary for considerable periods of time. Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1983; a chartered accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1985; and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario in 1988. Profile
TWST: Please introduce WestJet with a view to some key milestones.

Mr. Taylor: We have been around for 20 years, founded in 1996. We just celebrated the 20th