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Former Boeing Executive James Bell Joins Apple's Board of Directors

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Apple today announced that former Boeing chief financial officer and corporate president James Bell has joined Apple's board of directors. Calling himself an "avid user of Apple products" with "tremendous respect" for Apple's ability to innovate, Bell brings nearly four decades of experience at Boeing to Apple's board.
"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."
Bell becomes the eighth member of Apple's board of directors, joining CEO Tim Cook, board chairman and former Genentech executive Art Levinson, Al Gore, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Grameen president and CEO Andrea Jung, former Northrop Grumman chairman and CEO Ron Sugar, and BlackRock co-founder Sue Wagner.

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Jakexb

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Interesting... not to read too much into this, but it can't hurt to have someone who understands the financial ins and outs of heavy manufacturing around the world if you're getting into the car business.
 
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Fzang

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Maybe they could have him oversee the software division and enforce a strict zero-tolerance-for-garbage-coding-or-we're-going-to-crash-and-burn-literally policy.
 
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Rogifan

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Interesting... not to read too much into this, but it can't hurt to have someone who understands the financial ins and outs of heavy manufacturing around the world if you're getting into the car business.
And the CFO worked for GM.
 
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VeryVito

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The board now has representatives from Boeing and Northrup Grumman. Looks like Apple's got some government contracting in its future.
 
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Tapdawg

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Interesting... not to read too much into this, but it can't hurt to have someone who understands the financial ins and outs of heavy manufacturing around the world if you're getting into the car business.
I'd assume they have that with the Northrup Grumman rep, but having Boeing too won't hurt.
 
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gijoeinla

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Token gesture...

Token of what?

Is that why he was with Boeing for 30 years?

If so -- that's one long "token" position I'd sure like to have.

My Dad worked for Lockheed for over 20 years in a similar capacity and knew Mr Bell very well in fact. The guy is a huge GAIN to Apple -- as it looks to shore up itself with experienced well respected PEOPLE to better position itself for its future as its grown into an industrial powerhouse lead by Tim Cook.
 
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unplugme71

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On a serious note I just bought 30k worth of stock in Boeing and Apple.

Why? I think Apple is going to put their tech in Boeing. And Boeing will do stuff for Apple.
 
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thekeyring

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In layman's terms, what do a board of directors actually do?

I thought they were just there to ensure if the CEO went on a mad one, he would be fired. Kind of like what the Queen is to the UK Prime Minister.
 
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