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NY Times: Boeing Fires C.E.O. Dennis Muilenburg

NY Times: Boeing Fires C.E.O. Dennis Muilenburg

Old Dec 23, 19, 8:21 am
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NY Times: Boeing Fires C.E.O. Dennis Muilenburg

https://www.wsj.com/articles/boeing-...d=breakingnews (paywall)

Muilenburg just resigned. Surprised he hung on this long between pressure on the board to act and the public leaks about conflict between Dennis and the FAA in recent meetings. I don't know much about Kellner because I never flew CO in his era but seems to me that appointment would be more focused on trying to smooth over customer relationships as opposed to FAA conflicts.
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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg SACKED by the Board over MAX!

Dennis Muilenburg was at the helm when Boeing changed course from safety and excellence to cost cutting, launched the 737 MAX as a 737 upgrade concealing the need to mediate between pilot and controls with MCAS software.

Presumably, Boeing can now overhaul the corporate culture, reestablish credibility, remediate the MAX disaster - as well as the KC-46 and 787 manufacturing problems - and get back to business. Assuming the Board insists the hard work of corporate cultural change and isn’t firing Muilenburg for effect.

Boeing said in a statement that its board of directors “decided that a change in leadership was necessary to restore confidence in the company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers, and all other stakeholders.”
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Boeing Fires C.E.O. Dennis Muilenburg

Wasn't sure where to post this:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/b...uilenburg.html

Who didn't see this coming?
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The cynic in me thinks that this mostly a face saving operation in a desperate attempt to try to get their re-certification for the MAX sooner as opposed to later, but somebody was eventually going to have to fall on this sword. I'm sure Dennis' golden parachute will be leave him more than comfortable until his next gig.
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Maybe they'll give him his own personal DeathMAX.
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Old Dec 23, 19, 9:12 am
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NY Times: Boeing Fires C.E.O. Dennis Muilenburg

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/b...uilenburg.html

Looks like the board got fed up with rolling delAAys in 737MAX return to service. Unclear how much the Starliner fizzle contributed.
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Surprised it took this long
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Old Dec 23, 19, 9:17 am
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Originally Posted by LIH View Post
https://www.wsj.com/articles/boeing-...d=breakingnews (paywall)

Muilenburg just resigned. Surprised he hung on this long between pressure on the board to act and the public leaks about conflict between Dennis and the FAA in recent meetings. I don't know much about Kellner because I never flew CO in his era but seems to me that appointment would be more focused on trying to smooth over customer relationships as opposed to FAA conflicts.
According to NY Times, Muilenburg didn't resign. He was fired by Boeing's Board.
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Old Dec 23, 19, 9:19 am
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Wow, all it took was one article in the NY Times (yesterday’s piece about how his bumbling response to the MAX crisis made things worse).
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Old Dec 23, 19, 9:23 am
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This is also being reported on MSNBC. It may be that launching the Boeing Starliner into the wrong orbit was the final nail in the coffin.

Originally Posted by transportprof View Post
According to NY Times, Muilenburg didn't resign. He was fired by Boeing's Board.

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Old Dec 23, 19, 9:44 am
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CNBC reported today that the last straw was him publishing a timeline for Max to return to service meanwhile the FAA repeatedly stated they were in control of that. They called him to DC last week to clarify that. That was enough for the board and he was gone.
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Old Dec 23, 19, 9:51 am
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Originally Posted by travelmad478 View Post
Wow, all it took was one article in the NY Times (yesterday’s piece about how his bumbling response to the MAX crisis made things worse).
That's how the Sunshine Scenario works for some board members - one illuminating piece is enough to tip them over the edge.

Now, as JDiver says, the board has to be serious about corporate culture change if they want Boeing to be successful long run.
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Old Dec 23, 19, 9:58 am
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Originally Posted by transportprof View Post
According to NY Times, Muilenburg didn't resign. He was fired by Boeing's Board.
Not sure which one of those would technically be better or worse based on his employment contract... Generally its the economics that drive how that is worded (because a non-control equity owner CEO always basically serves at the pleasure of the board).
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Great hopefully more to come, now when can we expect the same from the FAA?
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This is also being reported on MSNBC. It may be that launching the Bosing Starliner into the wrong orbit was the final nail in the coffin.
The wrong orbit? Good heavens. I mean I am no scientist or engineer but surely that is something that would be triple checked?

Just reinforces to me how bad the processes and procedures must be at Boeing and how they ended up with the MAX debacle.
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