Apple recently appointed James Bell, a veteran of the airline industry, to its board of directors.

Bell worked at Boeing for 38 years, serving as chief financial officer, corporate president and even interim CEO. His past work should make him a natural fit in Cupertino. "James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience from his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

As for Bell, he's apparently a big Apple fan already, describing himself as an "avid user" of the company's products. "I am delighted to join the Apple board and look forward to contributing to its continued success in any way I can," he added.

Bell also serves on the board of directors at JP Morgan Chase, Dow Chemical Company and CDW. He's already spread pretty thin, so we doubt Bell will be contributing directly to the development of any new Apple products. Still, he should be a valuable asset for the company.