Engineering group mourns death of senior director

IMI's headquarters in Birmingham

A long-serving non-executive director at Birmingham-based engineering group, IMI, has died.

Bob Stack, who died on December 7, had served on the IMI board since 2008 and was the senior independent director and chair of the remuneration committee.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of IMI, said: “Bob has been a wise counsel to IMI and a major contributor to the board for nine years. He excelled in his roles as senior independent director and chair of the remuneration committee.

“On behalf of the board and Bob’s many friends here at IMI, I would like to express our sincere sympathies to his family.”

Bob Stack

Mr Stack, who was 66, was well-known to the Birmingham business community for his service with Cadbury, where he was Global Head of Human Resources until his retirement in 2008, having joined the Bournville confectioner in 1990 as Vice President, Human Resources, Cadbury Schweppes global beverages unit.

On becoming Global Head of Human Resources in 1996, he also joined the board of directors as an executive director where he led the recruitment of senior executives as well as board members and was also responsible for corporate communications and external affairs globally.

Mr Stack also held positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb (1972-1980), and Primerica Corporation (formerly American Can Company) between 1980-1990.

He also served on the board of the Earthwatch Institute and was a non-executive director of Signet Jewellers.

Past directorships included J Sainsbury where he was a director of publicly-owned company from 2005 to 2012 and also chairman of the remuneration committee.