Boeing comms VP to step down in June

CHICAGO: Larry McCracken, Boeing's veteran VP communications, will retire as of June 30.

CHICAGO: Larry McCracken, Boeing's veteran VP communications, will retire as of June 30.

Boeing has not made a decision on who will replace him, McCracken said.

The decision to retire was his, McCracken said. He plans to remain in the Chicago area.

Boeing's senior communications staff received the news March 30.

Boeing will not use a search firm to find a replacement for McCracken, said John Dern, VP of PR.

"It?s something that we plan to do in the context of the company?s succession planning process," he said.

McCracken, then VP of PR, was part of the Boeing relocation team that in 2001 picked Chicago as the city for the company's new corporate headquarters.

He ran Boeing communications on an interim basis in 2003 while the company searched for a replacement for its former SVP of communications, Judith Muhlberg. McCracken has been with Boeing for 13 years.

His 40-year communications career spans time with McDonnell Douglas, which Boeing bought in 1997, Raytheon, and the US Air Force.

"It's been a fun 40 years, it's time to move on to a new stage of our lives," McCracken said.

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