Ten days after a mid-air incident forced the grounding of 171 Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft in the US, Boeing is taking action to regain public trust. The company has announced the formation of a dedicated team to conduct a thorough assessment of its product quality, led by retired US Navy Admiral Kirkland Donald.
Admiral Donald and a team of outside experts will thoroughly assess Boeing’s quality management system for commercial airplanes, including quality programs and practices in Boeing manufacturing facilities and its oversight of commercial supplier quality. His recommendations will be provided to Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun and the Aerospace Safety Committee of Boeing’s Board of Directors.
Admiral Donald served as a nuclear-trained submarine officer for 37 years. In his last Navy assignment, he served as Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program for eight years, ensuring the safe and effective operation of all nuclear-powered warships and supporting infrastructure. The program is recognized worldwide for excellence in reactor safety and reliability. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the largest military shipbuilding company in the United States, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.