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has shuffled the heads of three major divisions, replacing the retiring
Scott Carson at Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) with Jim Albuagh, his
counterpart at Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).
The surprise move that becomes effective on 1 September comes after
Carson's division has struggled with labour strikes and major programme
delays with the 787 and 747-8
during this three-year tenure. Carson also presided over BCA's
record-breaking year of 2007, when the division received orders for
Carson's decision to retire was tied to the latest delay of the 787
programme, which is now running more than two years behind schedule.
"My decision is tied to many factors, but perhaps the most important
reason for me was resetting the schedule on the 787," Carson wrote in
an email sent today to employees. "With this baseline in place the new
leader will have a clear path forward."
By naming Albaugh as Carson's replacement, Boeing shifts an
executive whose career has been spent dominating the defence and space
units that were acquired from Rockwell in 1996 and McDonnell Douglas
in 1997. Albaugh will be succeeded at IDS by Dennis Muilenberg, who
currently leads Boeing's Global Services and Support division.
Albaugh's "programme management and engineering focus will help
ensure the success of BCA's key development and production programs,"
says James McNerney, Boeing president and CEO, adding, "He is the ideal
leader for BCA at this time."
Muilenberg will take over an IDS division that rivals Lockheed Martin
as the largest contractor for the Department of Defense (DOD). But the
division has recently encountered several setbacks, including the
initial loss of 767 tanker contract, which was overturned. The DOD has
also recently sought to cancel the Future Combat Systems programme,
which Muilenberg previously managed for Boeing, and plans to curtail
further development of the 747-based YAL-1 Airborne Laser.
McNerney says that Muilenberg's "experience in technology
integration; track record delivering large-scale programmess on time
and budget; and work with customers in new, developing markets will
help us generate new momentum and long-term growth".
Boeing has not named Muilenberg's replacement.
In a statement emailed today to BCA employees, Albaugh emphasized
the division's heritage as an engineering powerhouse based in the Puget
Sound area of Washington state.
"In its soul, Boeing has always been and remains an engineering
company," Albaugh wrote. "As an engineer I look forward to learning
from and working with you. The heart of this company is the skilled
machinists, technicians and mechanics - true craftsmen and wizards -
who deliver on their promises everyday. I look forward to understanding
what you believe can be done to make the company even better still."
Flightglobal.com's Jon Ostrower contributed to this article.