Apple announced today that James Bell, the former CFO and onetime interim CEO of The Boeing Company, has joined the company's board of directors. Bell was with Boeing for 38 years, overseeing Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services. In 2005, Bell served as the aerospace giant's interim CEO.
Apple CEO Tim Cook commented, "James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience form his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO. I am thrilled to welcome him to the board of directors and I look forward to working with him."
For his part, Bell is an Apple fan, saying "I am an avid user of Apple products and have a tremendous respect for the company's ability to innovate. I am delighted to join the Apple board and look forward to contributing to its continued success in any way I can."
Bell joins the board after the departures of Mickey Drexler in March and Bill Campbell last September. Apple's investors have a high level of confidence in the board, reelecting them with 95 percent support at the 2015 annual shareholder meeting.