Ap­ple names ex-Boe­ing CFO to board

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Ap­ple has filled a void on its board of di­rec­tors with James Bell, the for­mer chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer for air­craft maker Boe­ing Co.

Bell be­comes the only African Amer­i­can on Ap­ple’s board, help­ing the iPhone and iPad maker di­ver­sify its cor­po­rate hi­er­ar­chy at a time when ma­jor tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies are un­der fire for not hav­ing enough women and mi­nori­ties in lead­er­ship roles and in their over­all work­force.

Ap­ple Inc. al­ready has two women on what is now an eight­di­rec­tor board. Two of Ap­ple’s top ex­ec­u­tives, Lisa Jack­son and Denise Young-Smith, are also African Amer­i­cans.

Civil rights leader Jesse Jack­son, who has spear­headed the push for greater di­ver­sity in Sil­i­con Val­ley, ap­plauded Ap­ple CEO Tim Cook for bring­ing Bell on to the board of the Cu­per­tino, Cal­i­for­nia, com­pany.

“We are de­lighted but not sur­prised,” Jack­son said. “Tim Cook has made a wise choice. James Bell is em­i­nently qual­i­fied.”

Be­sides serv­ing as Boe­ing’s CFO dur­ing his 38-year ca­reer at the com­pany, Bell also was in­terim CEO in 2005. He fills a va­cancy cre­ated on Ap­ple’s board when J. Crew Group CEO Mil­lard “Mickey” Drexler re­lin­quished his spot ear­lier this year.

Bell also sits on the boards of JP Mor­gan Chase, Dow Chem­i­cal and another tech­nol­ogy com­pany, CDW.

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