Don Bell, the co-founder of WestJet Airlines Ltd., has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of Jostle Inc., a Vancouver-based company startup. Jostle, which provides next-generation enterprise software, is venture-backed, having raised funds from private investors totaling C$4.6 million to date. Bell has been both a company investor and director since 2009.
WestJet co-founder and culture guru appointed as Chairman for enterprise technology company
Vancouver, CA, April 15th, 2013 – Jostle, a next-generation intranet software company, is delighted to announce the appointment of Don Bell as Chairman of its Board. Bell is best known for co-founding WestJet Airlines, one of the most successful airlines in the world. Bell was instrumental in the creation of WestJet’s people-centric culture that drove their growth and profitability. Bell has been a Jostle investor and Director since 2009.
Jostle’s People Engagement® platform is a new kind of intranet (internal company website) that helps organizations drive their culture and enable their employees. Jostle’s platform is rapidly displacing traditional intranets, and first-generation enterprise social platforms like Yammer and Jive, thanks to its simple and engaging people-centric approach.
“Jostle has a powerful ability to help leaders create vibrant organizations where employees are aligned, engaged, and can easily find the help they need to get their job done,” commented Bell. “It’s been very exciting to see Jostle’s platform help companies stay connected and reinforce their culture, as they deal with rapid growth and worldwide operations. It’s time to accelerate this unique and powerful approach into the marketplace, so I’m excited to work with the team to take Jostle to new heights.”
Jostle co-founder and CEO Brad Palmer reflected on Bell’s appointment, “Don has shared our vision, been a key advisor, and served as a dedicated Director. It is clear that as Chairman he will bring huge value as we navigate our own rapid growth.”
About Jostle Corporation:
Workplaces have long endured big, clumsy systems that result in high costs, disconnected employees and poor agility. Vancouver-based, Jostle Corporation is on a quest (www.jostle.me/our-manifesto) to fix this by creating an elegant, cloud-based platform that truly enables employees, providing a rich sense of being part of a vibrant, organized and connected organization. www.jostle.me
About Don Bell:
Don Bell co-founded WestJet in 1995 and played a key role in its quick growth to become Canada’s second largest airline. Bell’s vision, ideas and leadership were instrumental in creating a powerful company culture based on employee engagement and empowerment.
Don served many roles in WestJet including Co-Chief Operating Officer, EVP of Customer Service and as a Boeing 737 Captain. Prior to WestJet, Bell spent 18 years as President and owner of a Calgary-based company that developed, installed and supported specialized software systems for enterprises. Bell is a much sought after speaker on how employee engagement, commitment, and teamwork delivers tremendous market advantages and business results.
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