Tata Motors chief Karl Slym dies

Karl Slym, Tata Motors

Related Stories

Tata Motors' managing director Karl Slym has died in Thailand where he was attending a board meeting.

India-based Tata said in a statement it "deeply regrets to announce the untimely and tragic" death of Mr Slym.

The circumstances of his death were not immediately apparent, although several media reports said he may have had a fall at a hotel in the Thai capital.

Aged 51, the British-born executive ran all Tata Motors' operations except Jaguar Land Rover in the UK.

Mr Slym had worked for Toyota in the UK, and then General Motors in India and China. He had been managing director of Tata Motors, part of the giant Tata Group, since October 2012.

Although Jaguar Land Rover has been hugely successful, the rest of Tata Motors has struggled.

Mr Slym was brought in to help overhaul the manufacturing, sales and distribution operation, including Tata's new-look Nano ultra-cheap car and building a new generation of engines.

In his tribute, Tata chairman Cyrus P Mistry described Mr Slym as "a valued colleague who was providing strong leadership at a challenging time for the Indian auto industry".

"In this hour of grief, our thoughts are with Karl's wife and family," Mr Mistry said.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Business stories

RSS

Features

From BBC Capital

Programmes

  • A virtual girlfriendClick Watch

    Using the latest tech to find friends on a night out and meet a virtual girlfriend

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.