As he unveiled plans for re-engining of the 737 Next Generation series as the 737 MAX Tuesday, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO James Albaugh dipped into what has become a familiar resource for management talent at BCA -- the company’s Defense Space & Security division.
Although it had a different name then, it was from the military-space side of Boeing that Albaugh came in September 2009 when he was named to take over the Seattle side of Boeing.
Albaugh says Boeing Vice President Bob Feldmann will be general manager of the 737 MAX’s development effort. Feldmann most recently led the Surveillance and Engagement division within Boeing Military Aircraft, a unit of BDS.
In that post, Feldmann has already gained some insight into Boeing’s commercial programs because the U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft is based on a 737NG airframe and is built in Seattle factories.
Before his MAX assignment, Feldman’s responsibilities also included managing the Navy’s the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft.
For the past half-decade, Boeing has often turned to its military side for managerial talent at BCA.
Vice President Pat Shanahan was brought in from Boeing Missile Defense Systems in 2007 to head the 787 program when that big effort began falling behind schedule. In December 2008 his duties were expanded to include managing all of BCA’s commercial aircraft programs.
Shanahan was not a stranger to BCA. He had previously worked on the 757, 767 and 777 programs, but then shifted to military programs including the V-22, CH-47 and AN-64D.
Scott Fancher, who became general manager of the 787 when Shanahan moved on to head all commercial airplane programs, was another alum of Boeing Missile Defense Systems. His resume included work on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, Airborne Laser and F/A-18 programs.
However, 737 MAX is tapping one of BCA’s traditional airplane guys for a key post.
Its chief engineer and deputy program manager will be Vice President Michael Teal, whose most recent assignment has been as chief project engineer for the 747-8.
Before that, he headed configuration and integration for the -8. He’s been in structures at BCA since 1986.