Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief operating officer Jim Jamieson is retiring, Boeing announced internally.

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The most senior executive overseeing airplane manufacturing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes is retiring, Boeing announced internally today.

Jim Jamieson, a Boeing senior vice president and the chief operating officer for Commercial Airplanes, leaves the job today after 32 years at the company.

He will be 60 in July, five years shy of Boeing’s mandatory retirement age for executives.

In September 2006, when Scott Carson came in as chief executive of Commercial Airplanes — a top jet salesman but not an engineer — Jamieson moved here from Chicago to bolster the technical side of management.

Jamieson had moved from the Puget Sound region to Chicago in 2003 to become the company’s chief technology officer. He was also a member of Boeing’s Executive Council, a tight group of about a dozen of the most senior leaders that set the company’s strategy.

During the last 18 months, he oversaw all airplane operations and product development at Commercial Airplanes.

The executives who reported to him — Pat Shanahan, head of the 787 program; Carolyn Corvi, who heads all the other airplane programs; Mike Denton, vice president of engineering; and Barb O’Dell, vice president of manufacturing and quality — will all now report directly to Carson.

Carson sent a message to employees today that described Jamieson as “a good friend and trusted colleague” and thanked him for “a long and world-class career at Boeing.”

“He will be sorely missed, but we have outstanding leaders who will continue to lead our journey,” said Carson’s message.

Dominic Gates: 206-464-2963 or dgates@seattletimes.com