Kevin McCallister let go as Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO

The Boeing Company, which has been reeling under the impact of the bad decisions taken with respect to the Boeing 737 MAX, which eventually led to two plane crashes due to the newly installed MCAS software, has finally shaken up the top after more than six months after the second incident. 346 people were dead in both incidents.

In an announcement made today, The Boeing Company today named Stan Deal to succeed Kevin McAllister as president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, effective immediately. Kevin McAllister’s tenure as CEO lasted just three years. With this move, Kevin McAllister becomes the first top-ranked executive at Boeing let go after these events. Just ten days ago, Boeing had separated the roles of Chairman and CEO of Boeing, taking away the Chairman title from Dennis Muilenberg.

The grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft since March 2019 has stalled deliveries, leading to about 200 aircraft piled up across factories, and other delivered aircraft not being operated at customer sites. The grounding has cost USD 8 billion to the aircraft manufacturer so far, according to various estimates.

Stan Deal joined Boeing in 1986 and is executive vice president of Boeing and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Prior to this role, Deal was president and chief executive officer of Boeing Global Services. He is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council.  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 defence, space and commercial sectors. Prior to leading Boeing Global Services, Deal had held a number of essential leadership positions at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, including running its supply chain and serving as a sales leader for the Asia-Pacific region.

What do you make of the latest move from Boeing? Do you think this will move the needle on the change Boeing needs to see?


  1. Please explain what are the “bad decisions taken with respect to the Boeing 737 MAX, which eventually led to two plane crashes due to the newly installed MCAS software.”

    You must have some special accident investigation reports that have declared the causes of the two crashes. Who conducted them?

    • @Pete P, I am talking about rushing the aircraft program, due to which Boeing evidently had to crash their timelines and hence, did not test the aircraft as rigorously as it should have, but indeed, worked on managing the FAA.

  2. Hey Ajay,
    I believe there is a typo, if my memory serves me right

    You mean they took away the Chairman role from Dennis as Dave Calhoun has been appointed Chairman while Dennis continues to be CEO.

    I still question the independence of the board given Dennis was involved in naming the directors previously, and Dave was one of them, but let’s see how it plays out in the next 6 months. Ideally, more heads will roll.

    Thanks for the update

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