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-- Warrior Among 228 Passengers Aboard Fatal Air France 447 Flight --
Neil Warrior, director of public relations, Mazda Motor Europe

LEVERKUSEN, Germany -- Mazda is mourning the loss of a colleague and friend, Neil Warrior, director of public relations, Mazda Motor Europe.  Warrior was a passenger on Air France flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

"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."

Neil Stuart Warrior was born on April 13, 1961 in Hillingdon, England, and was university educated. He worked in automotive public relations at the start of his career 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 United States, was named director of marketing and communications for SAP's European organization in 2003. He joined Mazda Motor Europe as PR director in 2007, where he was responsible for product communications. A memorial service for Neil Warrior is planned for Monday, June 8, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in Cologne, Germany.


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