By Andy Sambidge
Move comes after rival Airbus made inroads into orders of key customer American Airlines
Boeing is replacing its commercial jet sales chief, Marlin Dailey, a month after rival Airbus made inroads into one of the US planemaker’s top customers.
Ray Conner, who had been head of sales before Dailey’s appointment to the job in December 2008, will return to that post, the company said in a statement.
Dailey will become president of Boeing Germany, Northern Europe/EU and Africa, according to the statement.
American Airlines split an order between the two planemakers last month for 460 new jets after buying only Boeing planes since 1987.
"Marlin Dailey's long-time international experience working in London and Brussels from where he led European Sales for six years, as well as his background working global markets, brings unique customer, stakeholder and industry knowledge to this key role," said Shep Hill, president, Boeing International.
"During the last three years he has led the commercial airplanes sales & marketing organisation through a number of industry challenges while growing a large and diverse backlog of airplane orders."
Conner, a 34-year veteran of commercial airplanes, has extensive customer experience.
Prior to his last assignment, he was vice president for sales where he was responsible for the sale of commercial airplanes to airlines and leasing customers around the world
All changes are effective from September 9, Boeing said.