The head of Boeing's embattled 737 MAX program plans to retire, the company said, just as it gears up to persuade regulators to return the plane to the skies after two deadly crashes.
It was the most high profile departure of a senior executive since the aircraft was grounded in mid-March following two crashes that claimed 346 lives.Eric Lindblad, who has led the MAX program since August 2018, will step down and work with his successors on a transition, Commercial Airplanes President Kevin McAllister said in a staff memo on Thursday.
Boeing apologised following the two crashes and acknowledged falling short in communications with regulators.
But top officials, including chief executive Dennis Muilenburg, have kept their jobs amid the crisis.
Mark Jenks, a 36-year company veteran, will replace Lindblad.
Boeing has developed a software upgrade for the MCAS. But the jet has not yet been cleared by regulators to resume flights.