As he prepared to step down as president of General Motors Europe this month, Carl-Peter Forster made clear that he would remain in the auto industry. Now we've got a pretty good idea of where he might be headed. Sources say Forster is talking with Tata, the upstart Indian carmaker.
And they say he'd do more than run Land Rover and Jaguar, the British luxury brands Tata acquired last year.
Forster, 55, would be responsible for Tata's entire automotive operations. Sources say he would be based in Mumbai. Indeed, he'd be the guy in charge of selling the ultrainexpensive Nano minicar around the world.
Forster, a former consultant at McKinsey & Co., left a top job at BMW in 2001 to become managing director of Opel. He was appointed head of GM Europe and chairman of Opel in 2004. But he was openly critical of GM's decision this month not to sell a majority stake in Opel to Magna and its Russian banking partner.
Meanwhile, GM confirmed last week that GM international boss Nick Reilly, 59, would serve temporarily as Opel's chairman while remaining based in Shanghai.