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Originally published Monday, December 19, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Schemm named CFO at Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Boeing announced Monday that Kevin Schemm, the sales executive who sealed the record-breaking Southwest Airlines 737 MAX order last week, will become the new chief financial officer for Commercial Airplanes.

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Boeing announced Monday that Kevin Schemm, the sales executive who sealed the record-breaking Southwest Airlines 737 MAX order last week, will become the new chief financial officer for Commercial Airplanes, effective Feb. 1.

Schemm is currently vice president in charge of sales for North America and aircraft leasing companies. BCA's current CFO, Ray Ferrari, is retiring April 1 after 33 years at Boeing.

The executive changes were announced internally in a memo from sales chief Ray Conner to his team.

Schemm's replacement will be named later. In the meantime, Conner also appointed Joe Ozimek as 737 MAX marketing leader.

Ozimek is a 38-year Boeing veteran, a former aerodynamics engineer who moved into marketing and most recently held a senior position at Boeing Capital, the unit of Boeing that finances airplane sales and works extensively with leasing companies. He is the current president of the aircraft lessor trade group ISTAT (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading).

Ozimek will join a 737 MAX "Tiger" team focused on promoting the airplane's technical and performance capabilities. He will be Boeing's point of contact with GE, which makes the MAX's new fuel-efficient engines.

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