Bell has served as CFO since 2003 and as corporate president since 2008. He served as the company’s interim CEO in 2005, immediately preceding the hire of current chairman, president and CEO James McNerney.
Bell joined Boeing in 1996 after it acquired Rockwell International’s aerospace business where he had worked since 1972.
Bell previously served as Boeing’s corporate controller and vice president of contracts for Boeing’s defense and space businesses.
He has also held business management roles in the International Space Station program.
“James Bell’s service to Boeing has been extraordinary in many ways over many years, ” said McNerney.
“As CFO, he created a world-class finance organization and a culture of continuous improvement, ” McNerney added. “His disciplined approach to financial management ensured our fiscal strength throughout his tenure, and his personal commitment to developing leaders created a strong, diverse team across our finance organization.
“As corporate president, he instilled a focus on excellence and teamwork by driving tighter integration across our businesses and functions.”