Mazda Motor Europe has confirmed that Neil Stuart Warrior, Director of Public Relations, was a passenger on Sunday's Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris
Yesterday parts of the Airbus were recovered in the Atlantic Ocean and it is unlikely that there were any survivors.
"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.
"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 Warrior was born on 13 April 1961 in England, and after university worked in automotive public relations at Fiat and Alfa Romeo.
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 8 June in Cologne, Germany.