Boeing Co. said Thursday that its board has elected Kenneth Duberstein to the post of lead director, succeeding the late Lew Platt.

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CHICAGO — Boeing Co. said Thursday that its board of directors has elected Kenneth Duberstein to the post of lead director, succeeding Lew Platt, who died Sept. 8.

Duberstein, 61, has been a member of the aerospace company’s board since 1997. He is chairman and chief executive of The Duberstein Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, and served as President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff for two years in 1988-89.

In making the announcement, Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney cited Duberstein’s ability to build consensus along with his global perspective and government experience.

Boeing’s stock fell 66 cents to $70.79 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange, a day after its closing price reached an all-time high.

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