Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has been fired, the company announced Monday morning.
David Calhoun, currently the chairman of Boeing’s board of directors, was named the new CEO.
CFO Greg Smith will serve as interim CEO until Calhoun takes on the role on Jan. 13.
With the “new leadership,” Boeing said in a statement, the company “will operate with a renewed commitment to full transparency, including effective and proactive communication with the FAA, other global regulators, and its customers.”
“The Board determined that a change in leadership was necessary to restore confidence in the company moving forward and that we will proceed with a renewed commitment to full transparency, including effective and proactive communications with the FAA, other global regulators, and our customers,” Smith said in a note to employees.
“Over the next few weeks as we transition to new leadership, I am committed to ensuring above all that we meet the needs of our stakeholders – especially our regulators, customers, and employees – with transparency and humility,” Smith added.
The unmanned spacecraft was forced to abort the mission after an “automation” error resulted in the Starliner not reaching its correct orbit, according to NASA officials, who said the spacecraft believed the time was “different than it actually was.”
The Starliner was just one of the recent setbacks for the company.
“I strongly believe in the future of Boeing and the 737 MAX. I am honored to lead this great company and the 150,000 dedicated employees who are working hard to create the future of aviation,” Calhoun said in a statement.