One of six climbers killed last week in a fall on Mount Rainier was an Intel executive who oversaw the Santa Clara microchip giant's business in Southeast Asia, the company disclosed Monday.

"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 statement. "We are providing support in this difficult time to Uday's wife and other members of his family."

The statement added that Marty "was an accomplished engineer and manager and was widely respected throughout the company.''

The death of the climbers, who were killed in a 3,300-foot fall, was the mountain's worst disaster since June 21, 1981, when 11 climbers perished in an avalanche. The location where the six died is so perilous, the National Park Service said in a statement, "there is no certainty that recovery is possible."

According to an Intel biography, Marty was managing director of the company's business in Singapore -- where he was based -- and in Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei. He previously managed Intel's global notebook marketing at Intel's Santa Clara headquarters and had been heavily involved with netbooks, a small computing device powered by Intel chips.


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Marty, 40, joined the company in 1996, spent eight years as a design engineer and manager, and also worked as a technical assistant from 2005 until 2007. He held a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Nagpur University, a master's in electrical engineering from Mississippi State and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He was a recipient of the Intel Achievement Award in 2008 and 2010.

The six climbers -- two guides and four clients from Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International -- were last heard from at 6 p.m. Wednesday by satellite phone. At that time the party was at 12,800 feet with plans to camp overnight. When they failed to return Friday as planned, the company contacted park rangers. Alpine Ascents is the company that lost five Sherpas on Mount Everest this spring.

The park service said it won't conduct ground searches for the climbers because falling rocks and ice make the area extremely dangerous. But it said it will periodically monitor the site by aircraft.

It's not clear what caused the accident. A snow slope might have given way or the climbers may have been swept off by rock and ice debris, according to park rangers. Avalanches also occurred in the general area.

The Seattle Times contributed to this report. Contact Steve Johnson at 408-920-5043. Follow him at Twitter.com/steveatmercnews.