Tata Motors Managing Director, Karl Slym, died last weekend in Bangkok, Thailand after falling from his hotel. Slym was in Thailand to attend a meeting of Tata Motors Thailand Ltd.
According to Police Lt. Somyot Boonnakaew, the officer leading the investigation, Slym’s death may have been a possible suicide because there was a note found in Slym’s 22nd floor hotel room.
Slym had been Tata’s Managing Director since October 2012 and he also worked for Toyota UK and General Motors in India and China. He is also in charge of all Tata Motors’ operations except Jaguar Land Rover in the UK. Slym got on board with Tata Motors to be able to overhauls its manufacturing, sales, and distribution operation. This includes Tata Motors’ new-look Nano ultra-cheap car and building a new generation of engines.
Tata’s Chairman, Cyrus P. Mistry remembers 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.
Recently, Tata Motors appointed Pilipinas Taj Autogroup, Inc. (TAJ) as distributor of Tata passenger and commercial vehicles in the Philippines. Tata Motors and TAJ officially formalized the Distribution Agreement last October 31, 2013. The local distributor said they are working out details of its launch program by Q2 of 2014. Nicky Mariano, an auto industry veteran, has been tasked to lead the company as General Manager.