Apple (AAPL – Get Report) named James Bell, former Boeing chief financial officer and former Boeing interim CEO, to its board, as Apple continues to revamp its leadership, post Steve Jobs.
Apple logo outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. At the time, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company is committed to increasing diversity at the company, so it’s nice to see Apple working on this at the board level.
Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of asset manager BlackRock Inc, was the last to join Apple’s board, in July 2014. Bell fills the vacancy left by Mickey Drexler’s departure earlier this year.
“James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience from his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO”, Apple CEO Timothy D. Cook said in a statement”. During his tenure at the aerospace giant, he made several important contributions to the company, such as the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner which was delayed for several years due to production and design issues.
Bell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the California State University in Los Angeles, according to the press release.
As for Bell, he’s apparently a big Apple fan already, describing himself as an “avid user” of the company’s products. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to Silicon Valley this summer to deliver a similar message: Technology companies need to hire more blacks and nominate them to their boards of directors.
“We are delighted but not surprised”, Jackson said.