Boeing CEO quits after safety issues bring extra scrutiny

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Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun will leave the US aircraft manufacturer at the end of the year following a series of mishaps that have put extra scrutiny on the company’s safety culture.

As part of the broader company shake-up Board Chair Larry Kellner has also said he will not stand for re-election, while Stan Deal, president and CEO of its commercial airplanes division, will retire.

Boeing planes have had a series of incidents including an Alaska Airlines 737 Max that that had a door-panel blowout mid-flight.

The US aviation regulator has ordered an audit of assembly lines at a Boeing factory near Seattle.

The latest incidents follow on from the two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people.