Jack Pitney, head of marketing for BMW of North America, was six days away from assuming a new job as vice president for BMW's eastern region, the carmaker's largest U.S. sales zone, when he was killed in an accident Wednesday, Aug. 26, while on his farm in upstate New York. Pitney, 47, is survived by his wife and five children.
Police said Pitney was trying to remove a tree stump with a tractor when the tractor flipped and landed on him, according to a report in the Daily Freeman of Kingston, N.Y.
BMW said in a statement last week that it couldn't yet provide details.
BMW of North America President Jim O'Donnell said: "All of us who knew Jack are still in shock and only beginning to realize how deeply we feel his loss."
Pitney joined BMW in 1995 as head of corporate communications. His big break came when he was part of a small team of executives who persuaded a wary BMW management team to import the Mini to North America. He led the Mini brand as its first U.S. chief from 2001 to 2005.
Before joining BMW, Pitney was manager of U.S. corporate communications for Mazda.