Boeing looks to curb staff attention to its CEO search

CHICAGO: Boeing is using a variety of internal communications tools to tell employees not to be distracted by its hunt for a new CEO.

CHICAGO: Boeing is using a variety of internal communications tools to tell employees not to be distracted by its hunt for a new CEO.

Interim chief executive James Bell conveyed the message in his column in the April issue of the company magazine, Frontiers. He's also delivering the message in person at employee meetings across the country.

The search for a new CEO "is, for the employees at Boeing, something that is of great interest, and so we thought it appropriate to deal with it head-on," said John Dern, VP of public relations. "It is important to keep a focus both operationally and financially, so we don't lose momentum."

Bell, in his magazine column, warns employees against campaigning for their favorite candidates within the company.

"[T]he best thing you can do to support Boeing leaders is to focus on performance and help them meet the company's business commitments," Bell wrote.

Former Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher was forced to resign last month after the company discovered he had been having an affair with a female Boeing employee.

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