Boeing's former General Counsel. J. Michael Luttig, has informed the Board of his long-considered retirement at year end. Luttig served as Boeing's General Counsel from 2006 until becoming Senior Advisor in May 2019. The announcement follows the news earlier this week that Dennis Muilenburg has stepped down as CEO of Boeing as the company struggles to move beyond a major crisis prompted by the crashes of two 737 Max jetliners that killed 346 people and the subsequent worldwide grounding of the aircraft.
"Judge Luttig is one of the finest legal minds in the Nation and he has expertly and tirelessly guided our company as General Counsel, Counselor, and Senior Advisor," said Interim Boeing President and CEO Greg Smith. "We are deeply indebted to Judge Luttig for his extraordinary service to Boeing over these nearly 14 years, especially through this past, challenging year for our company."
Luttig joined Boeing after serving 15 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has been managing legal matters associated with the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accidents, and advising the Board on strategic matters.