WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BN) has appointed a former senior executive at Ford Motor Co (FN) and Softbank (9434.T) to head government affairs as the company continues to grapple with fallout of two fatal accidents of the 737 MAX.
Ziad Ojakli, who also served as assistant to former US President George W. Bush, will be Boeing’s executive vice president of government operations from October 1, the company confirmed. Reuters announced the expected announcement earlier on Thursday.
Boeing announced in June that its longtime chief government officer Tim Keating was abruptly leaving without giving a reason.
Ojakli will lead Boeing’s public policy efforts, serve as chief lobbyist and oversee Boeing Global Engagement, the company’s global philanthropic organization.
“His extensive experience in leadership positions in government and the private sector will contribute to our engagement with our stakeholders as we continue to focus on safety, quality and transparency, and transform our business for the future, ”said Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun. A declaration.
Boeing is still under intense scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and US lawmakers. In January, Boeing was charged by the Justice Department with conspiracy to fraud the 737 MAX and agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement and settlement worth more than $ 2.5 billion.
Earlier this month, a Delaware judge ruled that Boeing’s board of directors faces a shareholder lawsuit over the MAX crashes that led to the plane being grounded for 20 months. and cost Boeing some $ 20 billion.
In May, two leading U.S. lawmakers asked Boeing and the FAA for files on production issues involving the 737 MAX and the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing has halted deliveries of the 787 as it struggles to resolve build quality issues.
Ojakli was Managing Partner and Senior Vice President of Softbank from 2018-2020, where he created his first global government affairs operation after spending 14 years at Ford, America’s second-largest automaker.
Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Chris Reese and David Evans
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