Boeing Ousts Head of Commercial Airplane Unit Amidst 737 Max Crisis

By Jesse Sokolow on 23 October 2019
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DSC_0420 (1)Boeing announced that the head of its Commercial Airplanes unit is stepping down as the issues surrounding the beleaguered 737 Max aircraft continue to fester.

Kevin McAllister will be replaced by Stan Deal, who most recently served as president and CEO of Boeing Global Services. The company also named Ted Colbert to succeed Deal. Both changes are effective immediately. Vishwa Uddanawdiker was appointed to the position of interim chief information officer and senior vice president of Information Technology and Data Analytics, Colbert’s former role.

The decision to remove McAllister was made at a meeting of Boeing’s board of directors in San Antonio on Monday.

McAllister was at the center of the aircraft manufacturer’s efforts to fix problems with the 737 Max’ flight control system, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS.

Earlier in the month, Boeing separated the roles of CEO and chairman, stripping Dennis Muilenburg of the title of chairman of the company. At that time, 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.

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