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Trevor Collett | Jan, 28 2014 | 2 Comments

Karl Slym, the boss of Tata’s Indian operations has died following a fall from a hotel window, aged 51.

Mr Slym died from his injuries after falling from a small window on the 22nd floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok, where he and his wife Sally were guests.

The Tata boss was in Bangkok to attend a board meeting for his employer’s Thai unit.

A tribute to Mr Slym now appears on Tata’s website, which says “A leader with a great heart and humour, a mentor and a friend, you will be missed”.

Although yet to be confirmed, Thai police believe Slym may have committed suicide.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that this may be suicide,” Police Lieutenant Somyot Boonnakaew said, speaking with Bloomberg.

“We don’t think it’s murder because there is no trace of a struggle.”

Karl Slym was heavily involved with marketing for the Tata Nano
Karl Slym was heavily involved with marketing for the Tata Nano

Bloomberg reports that a letter was found in Mr Slym’s hotel room, but Thai police have not confirmed if the letter was a suicide note.

Mr Slym began his automotive career with Toyota before embarking on a 17-year stint with General Motors. He joined Tata in 2012. The Indian carmaker is yet to announce Slym's successor.

Tata recently re-entered the Australian market, with its first offering being the budget-focused Xenon pickup.

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