Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun to resign
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New Leadership for Boeing: Rebuilding Trust After Years of Challenges

Boeing is facing major changes in its leadership as CEO Dave Calhoun announced his intention to leave the company by the end of the year. The company’s chairman and head of the commercial airplane unit are also departing, with Larry Kellner not seeking reelection as a board director and Steve Mollenkopf being elected to succeed him. Additionally, Stan Deal, the CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is retiring.

Boeing has faced numerous challenges for over five years, including two fatal crashes of the 737 Max in 2018 and 2019 that resulted in 346 fatalities. Most recently, an Alaska Airlines 737 Max experienced a door plug blowout in January, causing a significant hole in the side of the plane. These issues have led to multiple groundings and more than $31 billion in cumulative losses.

In a letter to Boeing employees, Calhoun called the Alaska Airlines incident a “watershed moment for Boeing.” He emphasized the importance of fixing issues, regaining stability, and restoring the company’s reputation.

Calhoun took leadership during a challenging period at Boeing. His tenure included a 20-month grounding of the 737 Max due to a design flaw and the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, which severely impacted air travel and Boeing’s customers. Despite these challenges, Calhoun worked tirelessly to improve safety measures and restore confidence in the company’s products.

As Boeing continues to navigate these challenges, it is important for new leaders to come forward and take charge of addressing these issues head-on. With new leadership in place, Boeing can work towards restoring its reputation and ensuring that its products are safe for passengers around the world.

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