Apple in a recent news release has announced that James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, has been elected to its board of directors.
The company said Bell will bring his more than four decades of experience in finance, strategic planning, and leadership in complex organizations to Apple’s Board.
Apple noted that during Bell’s 38-year career at Boeing, he 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.”
“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.”
The company also stated that 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.
It also said Bell 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.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984.
Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple’s three software platforms — iOS, OS X and watchOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud.
Apple boasts 100,000 employees whom it describes as dedicated to making the best products on earth.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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