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Boeing Taps GE Veteran for Jet Unit as CEO Extends Shake-Up

  • McAllister replaces Conner as head of Commercial Airplanes
  • Stan Deal is named as head of new Global Services business
A Boeing Co. 737 max aircraft performs a flying display on the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2016 in Farnborough, U.K., on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. The air show, a biannual showcase for the aviation industry, runs until July 17.
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Boeing Co. is turning to an outsider for the first time to head the commercial airplanes division, replacing Ray Conner with Kevin McAllister, a 27-year veteran of General Electric Co.’s aviation business.

McAllister, 53, the former chief executive officer of GE Aviation Services, assumed the leadership of Boeing’s largest business on Monday, according to a statement by the planemaker. Conner, 61, will stay on as vice chairman through 2017.