Carl-Peter Forster has been the CEO of Tata Motors Ltd. for only 18 months but already, he has resigned from his position. He cited "unavoidable personal circumstances." Upon the request of the company, Forster will stay as a non-executive member on Tata’s board. In a written statement, Forster said that his personal situation has made it difficult to continue performing the duties of “managing the thriving global activities of the Tata Motors Group with its main activities in India and the UK and increasingly in additional overseas markets.”
Forster resigned from his position as General Motors Europe president and Opel/Vauxhall chairman in late 2009. Shortly after, Forster joined Tata in February 2010. He departed from GM after he criticized the company for taking back its decision to sell Opel to the duo, Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. and Russian partner Sberbank.
Forster has been in the auto industry for 25 years. Before working for GM starting in 2001, he was with BMW for 13 years. He joined Tata with an intention to turn around the Jaguar-Land Rover unit, which was bought from Ford Motor Co. in 2008. Forster was able to make JLR thriving once again but sales of Tata's Nano minicar remained poor. Tata owns the Jaguar and Land Rover brands