Fired! Boeing sacks its CEO Muilenburg
US aerospace giant Boeing has fired its CEO Dennis Muilenburg after a year of severe scrutiny and setbacks set off by two disastrous deadly crashes of its best-selling 737 MAX planes, that killed 346 people.
In a statement issued today, Boeing announced that David Calhoun will replace Muilenburg as company’s Chief Executive Officer. Calhoun officially takes over on January 13.
The plane maker explained that the step was “necessary to restore confidence” in the firm as it struggles to restore trust of investors, clients, and aviation regulators.
“Under the Company’s new leadership, Boeing will operate with a renewed commitment to full transparency, including effective and proactive communication with the FAA, other global regulators and its customers,” Boeing’s press release reads.
The US Federal Aviation Administration ordered the grounding of all 737 MAX models in March, grudgingly following the lead of countries around the world after the fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 killed 157 people. Five months earlier, a 737 MAX of Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed in the same manner, killing 189 passengers and crew.
Since then, almost 400 MAX jets have been stuck on the ground, and Boeing has manufactured 400 more, which it cannot deliver to customers anywhere. The FAA review is still ongoing, amid a number of revelations suggesting that flaws with the MAX’s control software were long known to the company and its test pilots.
Muilenburg became CEO of the aerospace giant in July 2015. Earlier this year he was stripped of the chairman title as Boeing decided to separate the two roles and David Calhoun took over the position.