For the first time in Boeing’s history, the company has gone outside the company to appoint GE Aviation’s senior executive Kevin McAllister to be the new CEO of the commercial airplanes business.
McAllister will succeed Ray Conner, who will continue to serve as the vice chairman of Boeing until his 2017 retirement. The two will continue to work together in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition to continue customer support and operations.
Boeing has also announced that Stanley Deal, head of commercial aviation services, will become the new chief executive of the company’s new unit, Global Services. This unit was formed from Boeing’s internal customer service groups including commercial airplanes, and defense, space, and security divisions. This is seen as a move to gain more market share for parts, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Global Services is planned to become fully operating by Q3 2017.