CHICAGO: Judith Muhlberg, Boeing's SVP of communications for the past four years, is stepping down to spend time with her family.
"You're the CEO of your life, and I'm making an executive decision," said Muhlberg.
The communications department will be led by VP and deputy for communications Larry McCracken until Boeing finds a replacement.
Muhlberg said her 16-year-old daughter will be going to college soon, and she wants to be a part of helping her prepare.
"I've never taken time away from a job just to do family things," she said. "I want to avoid looking back several years from now and saying, 'I should have.'"
Muhlberg's 27-year career includes 22 years at Ford Motor Company, as well as working in the White House during the Ford administration.
During her tenure at Boeing, Muhlberg oversaw new global communications and branding drives, and developed the PR strategy surrounding Boeing's move from Seattle to Chicago.
"I'm too young to retire," said Muhlberg. "I sense at some point there could be a new adventure that could be a communications position."