Intel said Monday that one of its vice presidents was among the six who are presumed dead in a climbing accident on Mount Rainier last week.
“Intel is greatly saddened to confirm that Intel Vice President Uday Marty is among the six mountain climbers missing and presumed dead following a fall on Mount Rainier,” the company said in a written statement, first reported in the San Jose Mercury News. “We are providing support in this difficult time to Uday’s wife and other members of his family.”
According to his LinkedIn biography, Marty was based in Singapore where he served as managing director of Intel’s business in Southeast Asia. He described himself as “an active mountain climber/hiker/runner.”
Marty, 40, joined Intel in 1996 as a design engineer in the company’s offices in Arizona and held successive positions there. He said he led building the company’s first netbooks and was “responsible for Intel’s business interests in South East Asia across multiple market segments.”
Last week’s climb was led by Alpine Ascents International, a Seattle-based guiding company. The two guides and their four clients last made contact on Wednesday, and did not return from their expedition Friday as planned. Authorities have not determined what caused their fall, but believe all six are buried under snow or rock.
Four other climbers from last week’s accident have been identified:
- Matt Hegeman, the lead guide on the expedition, lived in Truckee, Calif.
- Eitan Green, another Alpine Ascents guide who had been with the company since 2009, the year he graduated from Colby College in Maine.
- John Mullally, a Seattle mountain climber who spent 20 years at Microsoft.
- Mark Mahaney, a climber from St. Paul, Minnesota.
Update: Intel spokesman Bill Calder had more to say on Marty to the AP:
“He was a guy with a great attitude, and he always had a big smile,” Calder said.
Clarification: This article has been clarified to note that the climbers are presumed dead.
The Associated Press contributed to this report