Boeing CEO Stripped of Chairman’s Title

By Anna Breuer on 12 October 2019
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DSC_0376Boeing separated the roles of CEO and chairman, stripping Dennis Muilenburg of his dual role late Friday.

The shake-up at the highest level of the company is ostensibly to allow Muilenburg to focus on running the company as it attempts to return the beleaguered 737 Max to the skies after a world-wide grounding in March.

The company’s board of directors appointed David Calhoun, a senior managing director at Blackstone Group who has been the board’s lead director, to the position of non-executive chairman.  The board has “has full confidence in Dennis as CEO and believes this division of labor will enable maximum focus on running the business with the board playing an active oversight role,” Calhoun said in a statement.

The move comes on the heels of a long-awaited report from a panel of air-safety experts, the Joint Authorities Technical Review panel, said that the 737 Max’ flight control system, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, was not evaluated in concert with other systems on the aircraft. That system has been implicated in the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, which resulted in the death of 346 people.

“The MCAS design was based on data, architecture, and assumptions that were reused from a previous aircraft configuration without sufficient detailed aircraft-level evaluation of the appropriateness of such reuse,” the authors of the report wrote, adding that the design was also “without additional safety margins and features.”

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