Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg stuck to his positions on the safety of the 737 MAX airplane today during a contentious annual shareholder meeting and news conference in Chicago.
Muilenburg took questions in a face-to-face public forum for the first time since last month’s grounding of the 737 MAX due to concerns raised by two catastrophically fatal crashes last October and this March.
At one point, a reporter asked Muilenburg whether he’d resign.
“My clear intent is to continue to lead on the front of safety and quality and integrity,” he replied. “That’s who we are as a company.”
Muilenburg said that he’s been talking with factory workers in Renton, Wash., and with Boeing test pilots over the past few weeks.
“To the core of our people, they care about this business and the safety of our airplanes,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on.”