This week's weekly comment:
Shanahan left Boeing's missile defence programme office in Washington DC last week to
head back to Seattle,
Washington to take over another
programme that is missing its targets. Shanahan has assumed leadership of the
787 programme - and responsibility for restoring Boeing's reputation as a
premier builder of commercial aircraft.
within bipolar Boeing this was someone from the defence side taking over a key
commercial programme. But Shanahan was actually returning to Seattle, where he had led
the 757 and 767-400ER programmes before moving over to head up - and turn around
- Boeing's military rotorcraft and missile defence
the lead set by Alan Mulally, who headed the 777 programme then was moved over
to briefly command Boeing's defence business before being called back to lead
the commercial aircraft unit out of its deepest-ever production crisis.
a Mulally in the making? He worked closely with Mulally, who left Boeing for
Ford he faces a similar make-or-break challenge with the 787 programme and he is
one of the new breed of Boeing managers with experience on both sides of the
need it. Getting the 787 back on track and into customers' hands will take the
best of Boeing's resources - from both sides of the business.
AirSpace - more than just hot air