James A. Bell
|James Aaron Bell|
|Born||June 14, 1948|
|Occupation||Corporate President, CFO & Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company|
James A. Bell (born June 4, 1948 in Los Angeles, California) was formerly the President, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Boeing Company. He served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Boeing on March, 2005, following the resignation of Harry Stonecipher. He returned to his singular role as Boeing's CFO on June 30, 2005 following the appointment of Jim McNerney as the new President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Boeing Company. He was appointed Corporate President in June 2008.
He was born in Los Angeles, California, the youngest of four children. His mother Mamie was a former Los Angeles County government clerk. His father died in 2003. He earned his bachelor's degree in Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles. A partial scholarship helped pay for his first year of college, but he had to earn enough to pay his way through the remainder of school.
In 1972 he joined the Rockwell company as an accountant. At that company he followed a path into management, from corporate senior internal auditor to accounting manager and finally as manager of general and cost accounting. He joined Boeing in 1996 when Rockwell's aerospace and defense units were acquired.
Within Boeing he has held positions as vice president of contracts and pricing for the company's space and communications division. He later became senior vice president of finance and corporate controller. In November, 2004 he became the company's Chief Financial Officer, following the firing of Michael M. Sears due to a government contract scandal. He is a member of the board of directors of J. P. Morgan Chase, Dow Chemical Company, the Chicago Urban League, World Business Chicago, the Chicago Economic Club and New Leaders for New Schools.
|From 1972||Rockwell International||Accountant|
|Rockwell International||Corporate Senior Internal Auditor|
|Rockwell International||Accounting Manager|
|Until 1996||Rockwell International||Manager of General and Cost Accounting|
|1996 – 2000||The Boeing Company||VP of Contracts and Pricing; Space and Communications|
|2000 – 2004||The Boeing Company||Senior VP of Finance and Corporate Controller|
|2004 – 2005||The Boeing Company||Chief Financial Officer|
|2005 – 2005||The Boeing Company||Chief Financial Officer; President and CEO|
|2005 – 2008||The Boeing Company||Chief Financial Officer|
|2008 – 2011||The Boeing Company||CFO and Corporate President|
|CEO of Boeing
W. James McNerney, Jr.