MIAMI — Boeing has appointed General Electric Aviation executive Kevin McAllister as the new chief executive officer  of its commercial airplanes business.

McAllister comes to succeed Ray Conner, who will continue to serve as Boeing’s vice chairman until his retirement in 2017, the company said on Monday.

Kevin McAllister, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. (Credits: Boeing)
Kevin McAllister, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. (Credits: Boeing)

Conner will work closely with McAllister in the months ahead on a purposeful hand-off of customer, supplier, and community and government relationships, and to ensure continuity of operations and customer support.

Raymond L. Conner, Boeing Vice Chairman. (Credits: Boeing)
Raymond L. Conner, Boeing Vice Chairman. (Credits: Boeing)

“We are immensely grateful to Ray for his leadership and contributions to Boeing over nearly four decades, and we will continue to rely on his vast experience and keen insights in supporting the leadership and business transitions underway,” Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Chairman, President and CEO said in a statement.

Boeing has also named Stanley Deal, currently head of Commercial Aviation Services (CAS), as the new chief executive of the company’ new business unit, called Global Services. The creation of this business unit, formed from the customer services groups within Boeing’s commercial airplanes and defense, space and security divisions, is seen as a move to catch more market share for aircraft parts, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.

According to the company, the new unit will provide a broad portfolio of advanced services and incorporate the capabilities of various Boeing subsidiaries, including Aviall and Jeppesen.

Boeing Global Services is slated to begin fully operating as the company’s third major business unit by the third quarter of 2017,