Boeing Names New CEO of Commercial Airplanes Division

By Woodrow Bellamy III  | November 22, 2016
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[Avionics Magazine 11-22-2016] Kevin G. McAllister has been named as the new president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He will succeed outgoing Boeing Vice Chairman Ray Conner in his new role. 
Kevin G. McAllister has been named the new president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Photo: Boeing.
McAllister, 53, joins Boeing after 27 years with GE Aviation, where he served since 2014 as president and CEO of GE Aviation Services. Before that, as vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing since 2008, he was credited with delivering record backlog growth for the nearly $25 billion GE business.
Conner, 61, will continue to serve as Boeing vice chairman through 2017. He will work closely with McAllister in the months ahead on a purposeful hand-off of customer, supplier, and community and government relationships, and to ensure continuity of operations and customer support. Conner also will provide strategic oversight and guidance for the company's transition to a single integrated services business and remain involved in ongoing product development strategy at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Conner has been corporate vice chairman since 2013, and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes since 2012. A 39-year company veteran who started as a mechanic on the 727 program, he has held roles that span production, program management, supply chain management, and sales and marketing. 

The announcement of McAllister’s selection as the new CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes comes following the company’s recent announcement to re-arrange other areas of its business, including the defense, space and security units. Boeing Commercial Airplanes recently reported a 4 percent drop in third quarter 2016 revenue to $16.9 billion, down from $17.7 billion during the same period last year. The company’s commercial airplane order backlog currently stands at 5,600 airplanes valued at $409 billion. 

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