Assume the replacement of Dennis Muildenburg as Boeing’s CEO has been in the works for a while. Job #1 for the CEO of a production-focused company is to keep the planes from falling down. There was nowhere for Muildenburg to hide when not one but two of Boeing’s 737 Max 8s crashed and killed all on board. He’s been at Boeing 34 years and CEO for the last five. He had to go. The question was when should he go and who should take his place.

David Calhoun. Seems like the board is giving him every chance to succeed. Still, the task is daunting – which is why his onboarding is a work in progress. He’s been selected. He’s been through the private part of his fuzzy front end. Now he’s going through the public part of that. He knows what to do. The screaming issue is how much damage has been done to the Boeing brand and its people’s self-confidence.

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