Best wishes Mike

It’s always tough to say goodbye to someone you admire and respect. Such is the case with my colleague Mike Bair, who announced his retirement from Boeing today.

While he’s the current leader of Commercial Airplanes Marketing & Business Development, Mike has done just about everything there is to do at Boeing. He started as an engineer back in 1979—and went on to work on the 737, 757, 767 and 777 programs. He also headed up our Commercial Aviation Services at one point.

Mike was at the helm of the 7E7 program in 2003— leading it to what would become the 787 Dreamliner. He also played a pivotal role in launching the 737 MAX.

I’ve had the opportunity to work for Mike multiple times throughout the years. It was always a great experience and I consider myself lucky.

I’ll be taking on some of Mike’s duties as we bring Marketing and Sales together—but Mike’s spirit of innovation will live on through the many people here at Boeing who’ve had to honor of working side by side with him.

Best wishes on your retirement Mike. You’ve earned it.

Comments (4)

Ethan (Tacoma):

Congratulations on your expanding job duties Randy. Hopefully you will still be traveling quite a bit to share the food photos. Great stuff from Latin America!

Scott Putnam (Redding, CA):

Best wishes to Mike and congratulations to you! You deserve the promotion!

Willie Aikens (Renton,washington):



I share some of the comments from Randy. You have been a pleasure to work with over the years. I certainly will miss you but revel in you decision to move on and have more FUN(SMILE)!
You care and the Seattle University MBA Boeing employees that you have mentored in the past thank you for the "GEMS" you have given then for their career growth.


Willie Aikens

Robert Troxel (Lake Forest, IL):

I wish Mike well. The 787 project was not his shining moment though. To me this was proven by letting a bunch of very optimistic MBAs make promises on deliverables based on no real experience about how real airplanes are built. I love the 787 and in time I will be what it should have been from day one. It is a game changer indeed but it has cost the company dearly to be on the "bleeding edge" of this technology. What ever happened to the "under promise and over deliver" mantra? This bird was in uncharted territory and deserved a much longer maturation period! A lot of those Mike trusted promised big things and he unfortunately believed their stories.

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