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Boeing Promotes St. Louis-Based Executive to President

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Dennis Muilenburg, the president and chief executive of St. Louis-based Boeing Defense, Space & Security is about to become Boeing’s president and chief operating officer at the global headquarters in Chicago.

Muilenburg, 49, joined Boeing in 1985. He serves on the Washington University Board of Trustees and St. Louis Science Center Board of Commissioners.

News of Muilenburg’s promotion comes as the company narrows down the list of potential sites for assembly of the 777X jetliner.

Last week, the St. Louis County Council unanimously approved a resolution to support $1.8 billion in tax incentives if Boeing were to come St. Louis for production of its new jetliner. Those tax breaks are in addition to $1.7 billion offered by a special session of the state legislature.

22 states are vying for the 777X job but Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the $3.5 billion package puts Missouri near the top of the list.

Machinists in the Seattle area are rallying today for another opportunity to vote on Boeing’s last and final contract offer. A disagreement last month between machinists and the company prompted Boeing to look elsewhere for 777X assembly.

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