Updated from 3:28 p.m. EDT
Lewis Platt, the lead director and former chairman of
, has died, the aerospace company confirmed Friday. Platt was 64.
In a statement, Jim McNerney, Boeing's chairman and CEO, said Platt "shepherded Boeing with strength, grace, dignity and integrity through a period when the company most needed his steady hand."
Platt had been serving as Boeing's lead director since July 1, when McNerney took the reins as chairman and CEO. Platt was nonexecutive chairman from December 2003 through June 2005.
During Platt's tenure, Boeing moved to restore its reputation and internal ethics controls in the wake of two scandals related to government procurement that led to the imprisonment of two former employees. That chapter of Boeing's story may soon end, as
The Wall Street Journal
reported Friday the company is in talks to settle government investigations into the scandals.
The statement didn't specify the cause of death, but
reported Platt suffered a brain aneurysm.
Platt was president and chief executive of
from 1992 to 1999. He served as chairman from 1993 to 1999.