Logistics company Wincanton today (Friday) announced the sudden death of its chairman, Steve Marshall.
Mr Marshall had been chairman of the Chippenham-based group since 2011.
In a statement to the Stock Exchange, the company said: “Steve… brought a wealth of the most senior business experience and wisdom to the role.
“He will be missed by all at Wincanton and by all who knew him. The Board's sincere condolences go to his family.”
As an interim measure, Wincanton senior independent director Stewart Oades will assume the role of chairman.
Mr Marshall was also chairman of Buckingham-based waste management company Biffa, a post he had held since 2013.
He was a former chairman of Balfour Beatty plc, Delta plc, Torex Retail plc, and Queens’ Moat Houses plc, and was also a non-executive at Halma plc and Southern Water.
His executive career included group chief executive roles at Thorn plc and at Railtrack Group plc, having also served as group finance director at each company.
His earlier career included a variety of corporate and operational roles at Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo plc), Burton Group plc and Black & Decker.
He was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of its governing council.