David Calhoun officially took over as president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company on Monday. Calhoun follows Dennis Muilenburg, who stepped down from the CEO position at the end of December amidst ongoing criticism for his handling of the problems surrounding the company’s grounded 737 MAX model. Upon assuming his new role, Calhoun published a letter outlining his initial priorities for the company, which include returning the 737 MAX to service safely, rebuilding stakeholder trust, focusing on company values and maintaining production health.
“With deep industry experience and a proven track record of performance, Dave is the right leader to navigate Boeing through this challenging time in our 104-year legacy,” said Chairman of the Boeing board of directors Lawrence W. Kellner. “We’re confident Dave will take Boeing forward with intense focus on our values, including safety, quality and integrity.”
Calhoun has held senior leadership roles at organizations such as the Blackstone Group, Nielsen Holdings and GE. He has served on the Boeing board of directors since 2009 and held the position of chairman of the board from Oct. 11 to Dec. 22, 2019. According to Boeing, it currently employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and has customers in over 150 countries.