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James A. Bell

Retired Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company

James Bell currently serves as a member of our Board of Directors and as a manager of CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary.  Bell retired as Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company, an aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft in April 2012.

Bell served as Boeing’s Executive Vice President, Corporate President and Chief Financial Officer from 2008 until February 2012.  Prior to this position, he served as Boeing’s Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 2003-2008; Senior Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller from 2000-2003, and Vice President of Contracts and Pricing for Boeing Space and Communications from 1996-2000.

Bell serves on the boards of directors of Apple Inc., The Dow Chemical Company and JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the board of trustees of Rush University Medical Center.  During the past five years, Bell also served as a director of the Chicago Urban League, the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, The Economic Club of Chicago and World Business Chicago.  Bell is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor’s degree.