ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Boeing company's current troubles are well-known after two fatal crashes killed nearly 350 people. The new CEO charged with turning it all around is from the Lehigh Valley.
David Calhoun has taken over the reins as the new CEO of Boeing at one of the most critical times in the company's history. Boeing has been facing tough questions since its 737 Max was grounded in March, following two fatal crashes, but friends say he's the man for the job.
"He's direct, you don't have to wonder what he's saying, he's pragmatic, he understands what the issues are and wants to solve them," said friend Kevin Sharer.
You could say Calhoun got his start in leadership as a captain of the Parkland High School Basketball Team. He grew up in Allentown.
In a letter sent to employees Monday, Calhoun listed his top two priorities as "returning the 737 Max to service safely" and "rebuilding trust."
Calhoun will have to rebuild trust with the public. Newly leaked internal documents from Boeing show employees questioning the safety of the aircraft and flight simulator.
That on top of news ousted Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will walk away with close to $80 million. He'll also have to rebuild trust with FAA.
Some years ago Calhoun said this to students at the Yale School of Management: "Just keep burying yourself in difficult tough situations..."
Looks like he's about to do just that.