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Boeing gives Carson top spot at Commercial as Mulally moves to Ford

Boeing has promoted vice president of sales Scott Carson to president and chief executive of its Commercial Airplanes unit, immediately filling the vacancy created by the surprise move of Alan Mulally to the troubled automaker Ford.

Under the management shuffle, Boeing has also promoted James Jamieson to the new position of chief operating officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Jamieson currently serves as senior vice president, engineering, operations and technology at the airframer’s corporate offices in Chicago.

Jamieson will report to Carson and oversee aircraft operations and product development.

Boeing chief executive James McNerney in a statement says: “Scott Carson is a seasoned and well-respected leader who knows our customers, our business strategies, and our products and services inside and out. He is uniquely qualified to step in and lead our commercial airplanes team and continue to advance our performance and growth plans.”

He adds: “Adding the strength of Jim [Jamieson’s] background and experience in engineering, operations and product development will make our already strong Commercial Airplanes team even stronger.”

Carson has worked at Boeing for 34 years, and has held senior positions in the company’s commercial and defence units including executive vice president and chief financial officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the first presidency at the now defunct Connexion by Boeing.

“I am excited and energised by the prospect of leading the people of this great business,” says Carson. “We will remain steadfast and focused on executing our growth and productivity strategies, and meeting our commitments to our customers.”

Carson will continue to lead the Commercial Airplanes sales team until a successor is named.

Jamieson is a 30-year company veteran, and as senior vice president of airplane programmes for Commercial Airplanes was responsible for the design and production of all Boeing commercial aircraft.

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