Nov. 21, 2016: Boeing today announced that Ray Conner will retire as CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes well ahead of his Dec. 31, 2017, contract date.
Kevin McAllister of GE Aviation Services was named as his successor.
Boeing said Stan Deal was named president and CEO of Boeing Global Services, a new business unit “to be formed from the customer services groups within the company’s existing commercial airplanes and defense, space and security business units.”
Conner’s message to employees is below.
Thank you for an incredible journey
Today our Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg announced a series of decisions that are important to our future. The first is about my decision to retire at the end of next year and who will step in to lead BCA. The second is about a decision to combine our company’s services groups into a third major Boeing business unit to help us win in the market and create more value for our customers.
This week, I will begin the transition out of my role leading BCA while continuing to serve as vice chairman of The Boeing Company through the end of 2017 after nearly 40 years with the company. Dennis, with the full support of the board of directors, has selected Kevin McAllister, a 27-year industry veteran from GE Aviation Services, as the next BCA president and CEO. I have personally known and worked with Kevin for many years and respect his leadership, judgment, and integrity. Leaders throughout the aerospace industry share the same high opinion. Many of you know him well as a partner with experience in virtually every one of our current commercial programs. His temperament and values make him a great fit for Boeing. I can also confirm he shares my passion for winning.
Over the next several months, I will be working closely with Kevin to seamlessly transition our extensive customer, supplier and outside stakeholder relationships, while ensuring a tight focus on our continuing operations and customer support commitments. Dennis has also asked me to stay engaged in the ongoing product strategy work that will shape the future of our airplane family.
On the services front, Boeing will transition to a single integrated services business to be led by Stan Deal, currently senior vice president for Commercial Aviation Services. You know Stan well from his 30 years with Boeing and have seen up close his strong leadership and business judgment. Stan and his team will begin immediately executing a thoughtful plan to bring together major elements of CAS and BDS’ Global Services & Support into Boeing Global Services, which will be fully operational in Q3 2017.
All of us can contribute to this new organization’s success by focusing on our customers’ needs and ensuring continuity to our high standard of service. It’s important to note for our team and our customers that the vast majority of the new unit’s work is expected to stay where it is today, and that commercial airplane fleet support will remain with BCA. Dennis has also asked me in my capacity as vice chairman to provide strategic oversight and guidance for the transition to a single integrated services business.
It has been a great privilege to work for this company and to be part of Commercial Airplanes these many years. For me, it has been an incredible personal journey – from my first job working on 727s, to Supplier Management, to Sales and to my current role. Experiencing our business from each of these perspectives has been fun, exciting, challenging, educational and humbling. Bill Allen could not have been more right in saying that the strength of Boeing is its people.
As I transition to a new role in Boeing and prepare for retirement at the end of next year, my wife Katie and I are filled with a deep sense of gratitude to those who built this company and what it has meant to the communities in which we live. This great company has given countless people the opportunity to see each successive generation accomplish more than the previous. Now you are charged with passing to the next generation a better business than the one you first joined. By bringing your best each day, you can help define a second century even greater than our first.