Mr. Warrior’s death has not been officially confirmed, but after discovery of wreckage on June 2, it is presumed that none of the 228 people abroad survived.
“Our entire company is shocked and saddened by this terrible news,” said Jeff Guyton, President and CEO of Mazda Motor Europe.
“It simply isn’t enough to say Neil will be sorely missed. This loss goes deeper than that, because someone like Neil cannot be replaced. He was a warm, kind and fun person who will never be forgotten by those who knew him. Our hearts go out to his father, sister and brother. We want them to know that it was a privilege to have had Neil as our colleague and friend.”
The plane lost contact with ground controllers after leaving Rio de Janeiro for Paris on Sunday night. The crew made no distress call before the crash, but the plane’s system sent an automatic message just before it disappeared. However, the reason of the crash remains unclear for the moment.
Neil Warrior, 48, began working in automotive public relations first with jobs at Fiat and Alfa Romeo. When he was just 35, he was appointed Communications Manager at SAP-UK in 1997, and after management jobs in Germany and the USA, was named Director of Marketing and Communications for SAP’s European organization in 2003.
Neil joined Mazda Motor Europe as PR Director in 2007, where he was responsible for product communications. Mazda announced that a memorial service for Neil Warrior is planned for Monday 8 June 2009 at 18:00 in Cologne, Germany.