28 Jun '12, 7pm

Boeing Lets Executive Go—From a Height: Jim Albaugh is the latest victim in the company’s youth movement

Boeing Lets Executive Go—From a Height: Jim Albaugh is the latest victim in the company’s youth movement

Jim Albaugh, credited with overcoming delays in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner program, has just left the company, according to a report in the Financial Times [reg. req’d]. Albaugh , an engineer by training, had headed the company’s commercial business— a position that will now be filled by his subordinate, Ray Conner, who at 57 is five years his junior. It’s the latest in a series of moves by CEO Jim McNerny to fill top jobs with younger men. Before going to Boeing’s commercial division in 2009, Albaugh worked on the military side, and he was obviously a great believer in unmanned aircraft, or UAVs. So far these machines have been mainly of use to the military, but Albaugh let slip that he thought they had a broader future. That could be called a brave position to take at Boeing, which compared to its great European rival Airbus, has always been considered a pilot’s company. At...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/aviation/boe...

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