David Noble, group CEO of CIPS, has died suddenly following a brief illness.
David, who was appointed group CEO in June 2009, died on Friday, 24 February.
He took the institute from “strength to strength”, said Tim Richardson, CIPS chair of the global board of trustees.
“He will be greatly missed by all those who have met and worked alongside him,” he said. “His passion for the profession was unquestionable and CIPS will continue his work with its global procurement community.
“Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this very sad time.”
Before his appointment at CIPS, David was group supply director at IMI, a FTSE 250 UK multinational company specialising in advanced engineering technology, and he was responsible for around £1bn of spend.
Among his career achievements was pioneering category management and strategic sourcing at Motorola in the mid 80s.
The majority of his working life was in manufacturing but he had experience of the public sector, the distribution industry and large-scale turnkey power station projects.
He was elected a fellow of CIPS in 1994 and also served on the fellowship selection panel, the CIPS management board, the Cabinet Office Government Procurement Reform Board and the London Olympics Supplier Arbitration Board.
He leaves his wife Jennifer. David lived near Stamford, Lincolnshire but originated from North Yorkshire. His hobbies included regular sailing on nearby Rutland Water, cycling and football.
PARN sends its condolences to David's family, friends and CIPS staff.