John Powath, CEO of Asian Business Media (ABM) and a longtime leader in the rubber industry in India, has died.

Rubber Asia magazine announced Powath's death on its website. He died March 28, 2017, in Kochi, India.

"A well-known personality in the global rubber industry, John Powath has a wide circle of friends and well wishers in all sectors of the industry across the globe. His untimely demise is a great loss to the industry as a whole."

Powath was a longtime associate of the All India Rubber Industries Association and an advocate for its flagship event, India Rubber Expo, the largest rubber industry show in Asia.

Under his leadership at ABM he launched other international publications, namely Tyre Asia and AutoParts Asia, as well as industry events including the India Rubber Summit & Dinner, Asian Tyre and Rubber Conference, Asian Latex Conference, and Asian Retread Conference,