Walt Gillette, vice president of the 787
and technical leader of the new twinjet programme, has retired after 39 years with Boeing
. Gillette was chief project engineer on the 777
and led attempts to launch the Sonic Cruiser before it morphed into the 7E7. He will be succeeded by Scott Strode who was vice president aircraft production on the 787 and now becomes vice-president aircraft development and production.