News Release| Lloyd Ferguson Distinguished Lecture Series; Cal State L.A.

February 14, 2012

Cal State L.A. ‘Distinguished Alumni,’ Boeing CFO James A. Bell honored with ‘Black Engineer of the Year Award’

 Los Angeles, CA – James A. Bell, executive vice president, corporate president and chief financial officer (CFO) of The Boeing Company has been honored with Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine’s Pioneer Award,” one of the coveted 2012 Black Engineer of the Year Awards.

Bell, and the other award recipients, will be honored at the 2012 Black Engineer of the Year Awards STEM Global Competitiveness Conference Feb. 16-18 in Philadelphia.

A native of South Los Angeles, Bell earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University, Los Angeles, where he was honored with the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award. A year later, he was selected among the same magazine’s “Top 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology.”

A 39-year Boeing veteran, Bell was named acting CFO in November 2003 and formally selected in January 2004.

Bell is also a personal adviser to President Barack Obama. He serves on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards. He places great importance on education for young African Americans and works with New Leaders, a non-profit organization that aims to recruit and train school leaders who are focused on improving educational results for students from low-income communities.

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