The managing director of Tata Motors, Karl Slym, was killed this past weekend, reportedly suffering a fall at a Bangkok hotel. Slym was in Thailand for a meeting with the board of director's for Tata's Thai outfit. The 51-year-old Brit joined Tata in October 2012, according to a report from the BBC, but he was also a veteran of Toyota in the UK and General Motors in India and China.
As managing director, Slym's responsibilities extended across the Tata empire, although they didn't include the resurgent Jaguar and Land Rover brands. Instead, Slym was brought in to help the main Tata brand's manufacturing, sales and distributions, according to the BBC.
Tata's chairman, Cyrus P. Mistry, called Slym "a valued colleague who was providing strong leadership at a challenging time for the Indian auto industry." Tata released the following statement:
Tata Motors deeply regrets to announce the untimely and tragic demise of its Managing Director, Karl Slym, in Bangkok earlier today. Karl Slym was in Bangkok to attend a meeting of the Board of Directors of Tata Motors Thailand Ltd.
Karl Slym joined Tata Motors in October 2012, and was providing leadership to the company through a challenging market environment. The company shares in the grief of Karl Slym's wife and family at their irreparable loss.
"In this hour of grief, our thoughts are with Karl's wife and family," Mistry said.
UPDATE: CNN is reporting that police are treating Slym's death as "being treated as a possible suicide." The story also indicates a note may have been found.