David Thornton, 60, was a Senior Vice President in licensing at the studio.
He was an 18-year veteran who began his career at Paramount Parks in 1998.
Thornton’s body was discovered Wednesday by two hikers on a trail close to his Valencia, California, home, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed in multiple reports.
The executive suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and a semi-automatic handgun was found close to his body.
Detective Steve Lankford of the sheriff’s homicide division said there was no indication of why Thornton would have taken his own life.
Thornton was a graduate of Pomona College.
He was a guest lecturer at the California Institute of the Arts, and a member of the Themed Entertainment Association.
Thornton helped bring Paramount’s intellectual property to other platforms, including theme park attractions.
In 2004, he touted a new ride opening at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Taken from “Star Trek: Voyager,” it was called Borg Invasion 4D.
The ride used 3D digital projection and special motion chairs to create
“the most immersive, the most intense simulated experience available anywhere,”
Thornton said at the time.
“David was passionate about his work, his colleagues and being part of Paramount.
We are saddened by his passing and offer our condolences to his family,”
a Paramount spokesperson said in a statement.