James A. Bell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named James Bell, see James Bell (disambiguation).
James Aaron Bell
James A. Bell.jpg
Born (1948-06-14) June 14, 1948 (age 68)
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.[1] He served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Boeing on March, 2005, following the resignation of Harry Stonecipher.[1] 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.[1] He was appointed Corporate President in June 2008.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[citation needed]


In 1972 he joined the Rockwell company as an accountant.[1] 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.[1] He joined Boeing in 1996 when Rockwell's aerospace and defense units were acquired.[1]

Within Boeing he has held positions as vice president of contracts and pricing for the company's space and communications division.[1] 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.[1] 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, New Leaders for New Schools and Apple Inc..[2]

Career path[edit]

Job Tenure Company Position
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


Business positions
Preceded by
Harry Stonecipher
CEO of Boeing
Succeeded by
W. James McNerney, Jr.