Boeing picks Muilenburg as new CEO

Muilenburg, 51, will succeed 65-year-old Jim McNerney, who picked Muilenburg as heir apparent in 2013.



By (Reuters)

Published: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 11:17 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:47 PM

Seattle — Boeing Co said on Tuesday that President Dennis Muilenburg will take over as chief executive officer July 1, a transition that comes as the aerospace giant tries to keep pace with a historic boom in the commercial jet market and build its defence business amid tight military budgets.

Muilenburg, 51, will succeed 65-year-old Jim McNerney, who picked Muilenburg as heir apparent in 2013.

Though the transition was expected, it comes as the world’s largest plane maker is grappling with record demand for jetliners and weak military sales. It is speeding up its jetliner factories to unprecedented levels while introducing new jet models and overhauling production methods. It also is shuttering some military plane production, trying to keep other lines running and bidding for new arms contracts, notably a new long-range strike bomber.

Muilenburg, in an interview, signalled no new direction, and did not discuss defense as a challenge. “The challenges we see are ramping up our production system on the commercial airplane side and doing that profitably,” Muilenburg said.

After 18 months working with McNerney and commercial airplanes Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner, he said, “our path forward is one of consistency. You’re going to see stability in our strategy and our execution.” Reuters


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