Carl-Peter Forster has resigned from his position as Tata Motors Ltd. CEO because of "unavoidable personal circumstances," the automaker said in a statement on Friday.
Forster leaves Tata only 18 months after joining the company. At the request of the company, which owns the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, Forster will continue to serve on the board of Tata as a non-executive member.
"I deeply regret that my personal circumstances make it difficult for me to continue to perform the challenging 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. I am glad to continue my association with Tata Motors," Forster said in a written statement.
Forster joined Tata in February 2010 from after stepping down as General Motors Europe president and Opel/Vauxhall chairman in late 2009. He left GM after criticizing the U.S. automaker for reversing a decision to sell Opel to Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. and Russian partner Sberbank.
Forster, the London-born son of a German diplomat, has 25 years experience in the auto industry. Before joining GM in 2001, he worked for BMW for 13 years, including a stint as the German premium carmaker's head of manufacturing.