Former Dial Corp. CEO Herb Baum, who was beloved by employees during his time at the headquarters when it was located in Scottsdale, died from COVID-19 on April 20.
Baum's death was announced by the Furry Friends Adoption Clinic & Ranch in a statement on the nonprofit organization's website.
Baum was the chairman of the board at the animal rescue organization located where he lived in Jupiter, Florida, which is north of Palm Beach, according to the statement.
Herbert M. Baum (Class I) (Compensation and Human Resources and Labor Committees). Mr. Baum retired as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dial Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of consumer products, in April 2005. Mr. Baum served as a director of America West Holdings and AWA from 2003 to September 2007 and became a member of the Board of US Airways Group and US Airways on September 27, 2005 upon the effectiveness of the merger. Mr. Baum served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Hasbro, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of toys, from January 1999 to August 2000. Mr. Baum also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quaker State Corporation, a producer and marketer of motor oils and lubricants, from 1993 to 1999. From 1978 to 1992, Mr. Baum was employed by Campbell Soup Company, a manufacturer and marketer of food products, and, in 1992, was named President of Campbell -- North and South America. Mr. Baum also is a director of Meredith Corporation and PepsiAmericas, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary and Hospital.
Throughout his career, Baum served on various corporate boards, including those of Meredith Corp., Midas, PepsiAmericas, and Playtex Products, according to the Des Moines Register, which commemorated him as a notable alumnus of Drake University.
Baum was a former member of the Drake Board of Trustees, and in 2011 he and his wife created the Herb and Karen Baum Chair of Ethics and the Professions and an accompanying symposium through a $2 million endowment to Drake.