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India's Tata Motors says managing director Karl Slym has died after fall in Bangkok

Published on Jan 26, 2014 7:45 PM
Karl Slym, managing director of Tata Motors, looks on during a news conference to announce their second quarter results in Mumbai on Nov 8, 2013. India's Tata Motors said on Sunday that managing director Karl Slym has died in Bangkok after a fall. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MUMBAI – India’s Tata Motors said yesterday that managing director Karl Slym had died after a fall in Bangkok, where he was attending a board meeting of the company’s Thailand arm.

“Karl joined us in October 2012, and was a valued colleague who was providing strong leadership at a challenging time for the Indian auto industry,” said Tata Motors chairman Cyrus P. Mistry.

“In this hour of grief, our thoughts are with Karl’s wife and family,” the Press Trust of India quoted him as saying.

People close to the company said it was an accident and that Mr Slym, 51, "lost his balance" and fell from his hotel room which was on a high floor, India’s The Economic Times reported.

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