Friday, August 17, 2018

Boeing taps 777X leader to replace 737 boss in Renton as deliveries slump

Boeing has named a new boss for its 737 manufacturing program in Renton after the plant racked up its lowest delivery tally in five years.

Scott Campbell, vice president and general manager of the 737 program and Renton site leader, will retire at the end of the year after three decades at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Campbell will be replaced by Eric Lindblad, who oversees development of Boeing's new 777X wide-body in Everett.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister told employees that Campbell expressed his wish to retire earlier this year, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

Earlier this year, Boeing 737 engine and fuselage supplier delays became public as Boeing moved to boost production of its best selling jet, a cash cow for the company.

Boeing announced the moves to its workers in Renton and Everett on Wednesday, spokesman Paul Bergman confirmed.

Lindblad and Campbell will work together for the rest of the year to iron out production problems that have caused unfinished 737s to pile up in Renton and Seattle's Boeing Field as the jetmaker tried to boost production of its best-selling jet.

“Earlier this year Scott came to me expressing his desire to retire and spend more time with his family, and I asked him to stay on for a bit longer,” McAllister said in the memo. “We’re fortunate that he’s agreed to stay through the end of the year, actively engaged to see the 737 recovery plan through.”

(Andrew McIntosh - Puget Sound Business Journal)

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