Boeing ousts head of 737 Max program in management shake-up

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Boeing announced Wednesday that the head of the company’s 737 Max program is leaving the company in a management shake-up in the wake of a January mishap that has damaged the aircraft manufacturer’s reputation and cost it billions of dollars in value. 

Boeing Executive Vice President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Stanley A. Deal announced several leadership changes in an email to employees Wednesday, including that Ed Clark, the head of the company’s Boeing’s 737 Max program, has been replaced. 

“Ed departs with my, and our, deepest gratitude for his many significant contributions over nearly 18 years of dedicated service to Boeing,” Deal said. 

On January 5, a Boeing-manufactured Alaska Airlines plane door panel blew out midair over Portland, forcing an emergency landing.