Niel Golightly
Niel Golightly

Niel Golightly, global chief communications officer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is joining Boeing Jan. 1 as senior VP-communications.

At FCA, which is ironing out a $50B merger with Peugeot, Golightly was in charge of PR strategy, media relations and employee/executive communications.

He held communications jobs at Royal Dutch Shell and Ford Motor and did a stint in the US Navy as a fighter pilot.

Boing interim CEO Greg Smith looks forward to teaming with Golightly “as we work together to safely return the 737 Max to service, restore trust with our key stakeholders around the world and continue to build for our future.”

Golightly succeeds the retiring Anne Toulouse.

Michael Luttig, who was Boeing’s general counsel until May when he assumed legal matters concerning the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 disasters, also is stepping down.

The 65-year-old executive also was senior advisor to Boeing’s board on strategic matters.

Prior to a 14-year flight at Boeing, Luttig was aide to president Reagan, law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and federal judge.