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Dennis Muilenburg

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Born Orange City
Iowa
United States
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SpouseRebecca Muilenburg
Predecessor James McNerney
Job Businessperson
Education University of Washington
Iowa State University
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Dennis Muilenburg Life story


Dennis A. Muilenburg is an American engineer, business executive, and the former president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company, a multinational aerospace and defense company. He was CEO from 2015 to 2019, when he was fired in the aftermath of two crashes of the 737 MAX and its subsequent groundings.

Dennis A. Muilenburg (born 1964) is an American engineer, business executive, and the former president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Boeing Company, a multinational aerospace and defense company. He was CEO from 2015 to 2019, when he was fired in the aftermath of two crashes of the 737 MAX and its subsequent groundings.Muilenburg was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2018 for leadership in defense, space, security, and commercial aircraft.

Early life and education


Muilenburg grew up on a farm in Iowa.He graduated in 1982 from Sioux Center High School in Sioux Center, Iowa. He received a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University, followed by a master's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington.

Career


Muilenburg started work at Boeing as an intern in 1985.Muilenburg held numerous management and engineering positions on various Boeing programs, including the X-32 (Boeing's entry in the Joint Strike Fighter competition); Boeing's participation in the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter; the YAL-1 747 Airborne Laser; the High Speed Civil Transport; and the Condor unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. He was later vice president of the Boeing combat systems division and program manager for the Army Future Combat Systems program. Muilenburg was president and chief executive officer of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, later renamed Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), from September 2009 to 2015.

In December 2013, Muilenburg became the president of Boeing.In June 2015, Boeing announced that Muilenburg would succeed James McNerney as CEO, who was stepping down after ten years in that role. He became CEO in July 2015.In February 2016, it was announced that Muilenburg would also succeed McNerney as Boeing's chairman. In March 2016, Muilenburg became the chairman of the board of directors of Boeing.In March 2019, as a result of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash and the Lion Air Flight 610 crash, which occurred five months prior to the Ethiopian crash, most airlines and countries began grounding the Boeing 737 MAX 8 due to safety concerns. On March 12, President Donald Trump spoke to Muilenburg and received assurances that the aircraft was safe. Trump grounded the 737 MAX family of planes on March 13.

In October 2019, Boeing announced that the board had voted to separate the roles of chairman and CEO, both of which were held by Muilenburg. David L. Calhoun was elected to take over as non-executive chairman, while Muilenburg continued as CEO and president. The company said this change would enable Muilenburg to focus full-time on running the company, while it worked to return the Boeing 737 MAX to service.In November 2019, Muilenburg confirmed that he would not be taking a bonus for the year, after being criticized for the two plane crashes, which killed a total of 346 people.On December 23, 2019, Boeing announced that Muilenburg resigned as the CEO and board director, in the aftermath of the two crashes of 737 MAX aircraft. Although he forfeited stock worth $14.6m, Muilenburg was contractually entitled to receive $62.2m in stock and pension awards.This payment by Boeing attracted criticism. Michael Stumo who lost his daughter in the Ethiopian Airlines crash said, 'He was fired for poor performance, and he should be treated like any other production employee who gets fired for poor performance.' Zipporah Kuria lost her father Joseph and said, 'Nobody gets their benefits when they’ve screwed up this much. Muilenburg and my dad are, were, the same age. Two people, and one is a privileged person who gets away with having such a big part to play in the death of so many people, and the other who trusts a product and dies for it.' US Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote regarding the payment by Boeing, '346 people died. And yet, Dennis Muilenburg pressured regulators and put profits ahead of the safety of passengers, pilots, and flight attendants. He'll walk away with an additional $62.2 million. This is corruption, plain and simple.' He was succeeded as CEO and president by current chairman David L. Calhoun, effective January 13, 2020. The current CFO, Greg Smith, will serve as interim CEO during the transition. Boeing's press release stated that, "The Board of Directors decided that a change in leadership was necessary to restore confidence in the Company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers, and all other stakeholders."In January 2020, Caterpillar Inc. announced that Muilenburg had resigned from its board (which he joined in 2011), and stated in a regulatory filing that his resignation was not due to any disagreement with the company.

Memberships


Board memberships

CurrentTrustee, The National WWII Museum

Trustee, Northwestern University

Board member, US-China Business CouncilPreviousBoard member, Caterpillar Inc.

Board member, The Boeing Company, until he resigned on December 23, 2019, as President, CEO and board member in the aftermath of the 737 Max crashes

Chairman of the board, The Boeing Company

Vice-chairman of the board, The Boeing Company

Chairman of the board, Aerospace Industries Association

Trustee, Washington University

Board member, Aerospace Industries AssociationOther memberships

Member, Business Roundtable

Member, Association of the United States Army

Member, National Space Council Users Advisory Group

Member, National Academy of Engineering

Personal life


Muilenburg cycles about 120 miles per week around the Chicago area, where Boeing is headquartered.Muilenburg is a Baptist and has spoken about managing overall life.

Awards


Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society

Honorary Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

John W. Dixon Award (2017), Association of the United States Army

CEO of the Year Award (2018), Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Dean's Award (2018), University of Washington College of Engineering

Person of the Year (2018), Aviation Week

References


Further reading


Robison, Peter (2021). Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing (Hardcover). New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385546492.

External links


Dennis Muilenburg at IMDb

Boeing's Fatal Flaw (full documentary) | FRONTLINE, retrieved September 19, 2021

737 Max crisis: Boeing sees the lowest orders in decades

737 Max crisis: Boeing sees the lowest orders in decades
Feb 16,2020 10:07 am

... He replaces Dennis Muilenburg, who was fired last month, in a move that the company s Board said was necessary to restore confidence in Boeing...

Boeing chief fired, but the 737, there are concerns

Boeing chief fired, but the 737, there are concerns
Feb 16,2020 9:27 am

...Boeing has fired its chief, Dennis Muilenburg, in an attempt to restore confidence in the company after two fatal accidents involving its 737 Max aircraft...

Boeing whistleblower raises doubts about 787 oxygen system

Boeing whistleblower raises doubts about 787 oxygen system
Feb 16,2020 7:52 am

... In October, the democratic Congressman Albio sires asked Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and production pressure with the 737 Max In congressional hearings in October In it, the manager complained about the workers as exhausted from working in a very high pace over a longer period of time...

Boeing 'doesn't understand our grief'

Boeing 'doesn't understand our grief'
Feb 16,2020 7:41 am

... Zipporah Kuria welcomed US lawmakers questioning Boeing s chief executive Dennis Muilenburg at the Senate Commerce Committee, but said she found his appearance infuriating ...

Boeing accused of putting profit before safety by Senators

Boeing accused of putting profit before safety by Senators
Feb 16,2020 7:38 am

...Dennis Muilenburg is being quizzed over the deadly 737 Max 8 crashes US lawmakers have accused Boeing of building flying coffins and engaging in a pattern of deliberate concealment as it sought approval for its 737 Max 8 plane to fly...

Boeing 737 Max Lion Air crash 'caused by series of failures'

Boeing 737 Max Lion Air crash 'caused by series of failures'
Feb 16,2020 7:29 am

... As Boeing s chief executive Dennis Muilenburg has repeatedly stated, there was a chain of events...

Lion Air families told of fatal Boeing 737 crash causes

Lion Air families told of fatal Boeing 737 crash causes
Feb 16,2020 7:25 am

... Our top priority remains the safe return to service of the 737 Max, and we re making steady progress, Boeing boss Dennis Muilenburg said...

Work on production line of Boeing 737 Max ‘not adequately funded'

Work on production line of Boeing 737 Max ‘not adequately funded'
Feb 16,2020 3:43 am

... Chief executive Dennis Muilenburg has also been paid more than $70m...

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