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.