Oracle Says It Lost Seven Employees in Attacks
Oracle believes it lost seven employees in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, but has declined to announce their names until families have a chance to confirm their fate.
The employees were believed to be visiting customers or prospects who were tenants of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. Oracle maintains no offices in the building, a spokeswoman, Jennifer Glass, said.
Its not yet known when the missing employee names will be made public.
At the same time, Oracle has posted a tribute to Todd Beamer, 32, a sales account manager for Oracles mid-Atlantic region and one of the passengers on hijacked United Flight 93 that crashed in western Pennsylvania. Beamer was believed to be among the group of passengers who attempted to wrest control of the plane away from the hijackers before it crashed. The hijackers had rerouted the plane on a path toward Washington at the time.
"It is unquestionable that the actions of Todd and his fellow passengers saved countless lives on the ground. We are very proud of Todd. Our heart goes out to Todds wife, Lisa, and his two young children," read a statement on Oracles Web site.
"Todd was a passionate athlete and sports fan and former basketball and baseball star at Los Gatos High School, where he graduated in 1987," the statement continued.
"He was one of those guys excited by life," said Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Mark Jarvis. He was always smiling, he noted.
Beamer lived in Plainsboro, N.J., and was a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. He earned an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.