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Boeing ex-president joins Apple board

James A. Bell

Apple today announced the entry of a new member to its board: James A. Bell, former corporate president and former finance director at the Boeing Company.

"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'm happy to welcome you to Apple's advice and can't wait to work with him."

"We are looking for outstanding individuals to strengthen the spirit of talent and depth of knowledge on the board, and we are delighted to have identified a fantastic person in James Bell," said Art Levinson, Apple's chairman. "I am confident that he will make many important contributions to Apple."

Bell himself also made a statement, of course: ?I am a keen user of Apple products and I have tremendous respect for the company's ability to innovate. I am honored to join Apple's board and hope to contribute to its continued success in every way I can. ?

With more than four decades of experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership, Bell spent 38 years at Boeing and is also a member of the boards of JP Morgan Chase, Dow Chemical Company and CDW, in addition to being curator of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago .

Before Bell, the latest addition to the now eight-member Apple board had been that of Susan L. Wagner, BlackRock co-founder and director. He has already been placed on Apple's leadership page.