From Crisis to Renewal: Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun’s Legacy and the Changes Ahead

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun to resign by the end of the year

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun, who took over in 2020, will step down at the end of 2024 as the company continues to recover from the 737 Max crisis. In his time at Boeing, Calhoun has overseen efforts to stabilize the company and position it for the future before his departure. Meanwhile, several changes are taking place within Boeing’s management team.

Stephanie Pope, who has been serving as chief operating officer and overseeing the performance of Boeing’s business units, is replacing Stan Deal as chief of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). Independent Board Chair Larry Kellner is also resigning and will be succeeded by Steve Mollenkopf, a Boeing director since 2020.

In a letter to employees, Calhoun referenced a recent incident involving Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 as a turning point for Boeing. He emphasized the need for transparency, commitment to safety, and quality at every level of the company. Despite current challenges, Calhoun expressed confidence that Boeing will emerge from this period as a stronger company, building upon the lessons learned from its recent efforts to rebuild.

The ongoing pressure from regulators for Boeing to address quality issues discovered in an audit of its 737 Max manufacturing processes remains a challenge for the company. However, with these management changes and continued focus on safety and quality, Boeing is well-positioned to navigate this period of transition and rebuilding towards becoming a stronger company in the future.

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