WestJet's Durfy says not pushed out as CEO

Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:48pm EDT
 
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - WestJet Airlines Ltd Chief Executive Sean Durfy said on Tuesday that he was not pushed out of his job but is leaving the company of his own accord and that he has no future career plans.

"Effectively I am retired," Durfy told reporters, a day after WestJet announced he would step down as CEO on April 1 because of unspecified personal reasons and be replaced by Gregg Saretsky, the company's executive vice-president of operations.

Saretsky said there were no immediate plans for WestJet, a budget carrier that flies across North America and to and from the Caribbean, to start new international routes such as those across the Pacific Ocean.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones, Writing by Nicole Mordant. Editing by Peter Galloway)