17 October 2007

787- Bair out, Shanahan in as Boeing struggles

Boeing has reshuffled its Commercial Airplanes group as a result of the retirement president-Boeing International Laurette Koellner.

However we all know that the real reason is that someone had to take the fall for the 787 delay. Mike Bair is that guy, moving over from running the 787 to the new VP-business strategy and marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. BCA's president/CEO Scott Carson made the changes before he himself got the big heave ho. However if there is any other delay - you can rest assured Chicago will be looking to push out one of its own.

The "new guy" is however an experienced hand at Boeing. Pat Shanahan previously led the 757 and 767-400ER programs.

One thing about Boeing though is that they have a very deep pool of managerial talent with wide experience. Airbus on the other hand has had more specialist experience but in the past promotion or experience was gained as a result of your nationality not necessarily your skill set.

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