WestJet today announced the immediate resignation of board member Murph Hannon. Mr. Hannon, one of WestJet’s original shareholders, cited personal and health reasons for his departure.

WestJet chairman of the board Clive Beddoe commented: “This is indeed a disappointment both for me and WestJet. Murph has been a board member and part of our WestJet team since our start in 1996. His contributions to the board have benefited WestJet greatly, and we are a better airline thanks to his guidance and wisdom. I have been fortunate to have not only a valued business mind at the table but also someone who has become a good friend.”

Murph Hannon said: “I wish to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to serve as a director over the years to Clive, Sean, the WestJet management team, the WestJet shareholders, and all the incredible employees of WestJet. It has truly been an honor for me. I resign my duties with the comfort that WestJet is in good hands.”