Apple adds former Boeing CFO James Bell to Board of Directors

Apple today announced that James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors. Bell brings more than four decades of experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership in complex organizations. During his 38-year career at Boeing, he also oversaw Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services, and was interim CEO of The Boeing Company in 2005.

“James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience from his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “I am thrilled to welcome him to Apple’s board of directors and I look forward to working with him.”

Apple's newest BoD member James A. Bell
Apple’s newest BoD member James A. Bell
“We look for outstanding individuals to strengthen our board’s breadth of talent and depth of knowledge, and we are very happy to have identified a fantastic person in James Bell,” said Art Levinson, Apple’s chairman. “I’m confident that he will make many important contributions to Apple.”

“I am an avid user of Apple products and have a tremendous respect for the company’s ability to innovate,” said Bell. “I am delighted to join the Apple board and look forward to contributing to its continued success in any way I can.”

Bell is a member of the board of directors of JP Morgan Chase, Dow Chemical Company, CDW, and a Trustee of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. He has also worked with New Leaders for New Schools to help develop talented teachers and principals, and served on many community-based boards. Bell attended California State University, Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Welcome to the Board, Mr. Bell!


    1. No but the Apple Jet will.

      This fits my thesis perfectly: The Apple Car will be like an unmanned taxi. You don’t own it; you summon it with your Apple Watch or iPhone. After it drops you off at your destination, it either picks up another Apple user or it returns for service.

      Some years later, Apple Jet will be based on the nascent micro-jet taxi market. Watch for Apple to acquire a microjet company like Eclipse, Adam Aircraft, or even Cessna, and/or a microjet taxi service. I haven’t heard much news about this industry lately but it was all the rage around 2004–2006.

      iCal it, baby.

    2. It will work like this: choose a destination in the Maps app and tap Take Me There.

      An Apple Car drives you to the nearest municipal or private airport that has an Apple Jet franchise. An Apple Jet takes you on your way and drops you off. The Wi-Fi on the jet is part of the subscription.

      I’m in.

  1. Cal State LA – Accounting … from humble beginnings … welcome aboard! Great depth in engineering, aerospace, transportation, heavy manufacturing and fabrication.

  2. He will increase diversity and independence of thought and experience in the decision-making processes of the Board of Directors, essential to making a small group better. Anyone remember that Eric T. Mole used to be a Director, and was pressured to step down by the FTC?

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