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March 07, 2005

Three strikes and you're out

Ever since the Boeing brass divorced Seattle, they seem to be stepping into ethical embarrassment.

First, it was the chief financial officer, Mike Sears, who cooked up a private deal with a U.S. Air Force procurement officer. Sears brought down himself and Boeing’s CEO, Phil Condit. For the past year, the company has been run by Harry Stonecipher, the former McDonnell Douglas CEO who abandoned retirement for the chance to be Boeing's undisputed top dog. Now, at 68, he has been fired for a secret affair with an employee.

Chicago seems to have an effect on people. The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate had to drop out of the race after it was disclosed that he had made a proposition of gross indecency to his own wife.

The Windy City has many attractions, but the top people at Boeing apparently find it difficult to distinguish the good ones from the bad ones. Perhaps, like travelers, they let out their inhibitions when far from home. Maybe the nation’s premier aerospace company would do better to come back where it grew up, and find its CEOs among the people who grew up with it.

Three years, two CEOs and one CFO. How much is enough?

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at March 7, 2005 04:26 PM



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