Boeing appoints new chief for commercial airplanes division amid 737 MAX controversy

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Oct 23, 2019: On Tuesday Boeing announced that its current commercial airplanes CEO Kevin McAllister will step down by year-end.

Stan Deal, who was president and chief executive officer of Boeing Global Services, will succeed McAllister in the role.

The US aircraft manufacturer is facing crisis due to the two fatal 737 MAX incidents in 2018, in Indonesia and Ethiopia. It was reported that technical error in the aircraft led to the crashing of the jets.

Post the incidents, hundreds of 737 MAX jets have been grounded worldwide.

Boeing books first 737 MAX order since April; deliveries slump

Deal led Boeing Global Services from its establishment in November 2016 as a third business unit of the company, bringing together services capabilities that span the defense, space and commercial sectors.

Ted Colbert to replace Deal as president and CEO of Boeing Global Services, effective immediately. 

At the same time, the company has appointed Vishwa Uddanwadiker to Colbert's former role as interim chief information officer and senior vice president of Information Technology & Data Analytics. He was most recently the vice president of Information Technology for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, he was responsible for partnering with the BCA leadership team and implementing the business unit's Digital Transformation strategy.

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