The whole story reminds me of the Volkswagen Diesel scandal:
the Engineers subjugated to Sales
Software Development subjugated to Sales
Quality Control (flight testing) subjugated to Sales
Customer Training subjugated to Sales
Sales subjugated to Shareholders,
346 victims sofar,
the Head of Engineering should resign.
April 10 2019, latest news Chicago Tribune:
Shareholder Richard Seeks argues that Boeing should have told investors about safety problems with its best-selling plane after a fatal crash in October. Instead, it pushed the stock up to artificial highs by speaking optimistically about future sales before a second fatal crash in March sent shares tumbling, he says.”
The chief executive, Dennis Muilenburg, faced a second day of questions from Congress over the 737 Max crashes. (Oct30, 2019)
Representative John Garamendi, Democrat of California, accused
Mr. Muilenburg of running a company that was relentlessly focused on the bottom line.
“Three of your principal product lines, the 737 Max, the KC-46 and the Dreamliner all have quality issues,” he said. “I would posit the reality that you are pushing profits over quality and safety.”
After the hearing, Nadia Milleron, whose daughter Samya Stumo was killed in the Ethiopian crash, confronted Mr. Muilenburg for the second day in a row and told him to resign.
“You talked about Iowa just like one too many times,” she told Mr. Muilenburg, who listened to Ms. Milleron, his hands clasped. “Go back to the farm. Go back to Iowa.”
PRESS CITATIONS, JANUARY 2020
‘I Honestly Don’t Trust Many People at Boeing’:
A Broken Culture Exposed:
LA TIMES, JAN17 2020
‘Analysis: Boeing sacrificed quality on the altar of shareholder value’
By Joe Nocera; BLOOMBERG
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)