Abrupt changes in the Boeing team: Keating loses role

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Boeing has reportedly fired Tim Keating, the executive vice president of government operations, who had been working for the company for more than a decade.

The departure of Boeing’s veteran was reportedly revealed by the plane manufacturer‘s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dave Calhoun. Calhoun mentioned that the company was searching for a permanent replacement of Keating in an internal memorandum, seen by Reuters. 

Although Keating’s surname no longer appears in the official Boeing website, the company has not provided any public information or explanation about the changes in its management team.

According to the Boeing statement dated March 1, 2018, Keating joined the company in 2008 as senior vice-president of government operations, where he was responsible for the whole U.S federal, state, and local government liaison operations. In the same year, he was promoted to the executive vice-president role. During the Boeing crisis related to two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019, Keating was one of the leaders who helped the company to navigate through the scandal. 

Prior to joining Boeing, Keating held a senior vice president role for global government relations in the American manufacturing and technology company Honeywell International. He also was a chairman of the board and managing partner at one of Washington’s most prestigious lobbying firms Timmons and Company. 

Keating had also served as a special assistant to the President and staff director for White House legislative affairs while serving in the President Bill Clinton administration.

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