Like much of the rest of American society, the countrys high-tech industry was not immune to by the violence of last weeks attacks. Executives and employees from numerous companies were killed when hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and the woods of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Lewin, the 31-year-old co-founder and chief technology officer of content distribution company Akamai Technologies, was aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center.
Wendy Ziner, vice president of marketing communications with the Cambridge, Mass., company, said Lewin “was one of the most truly brilliant people Ive ever met. His passion for the business and what we were doing was contagious around here.”
James Hayden, 47, chief financial officer for security company Netegrity, of Waltham, Mass., was on United Airlines Flight 175, the second plane to crash.
Metrocall, a wireless messaging provider in Alexandria, Va., and MRV Communications, of Chatsworth, Calif., also lost top financial executives. Metrocall Chief Operating Officer Steven Jacoby, 43, was a passenger on AA Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.
Edmund Glazer, 41, MRV CFO and vice president of finance and administration, was killed on AA Flight 11.
Other deaths include:
• Suzanne Kalley, a marketing employee with Cisco Systems, of San Jose, Calif.
• Phil Rosenzweig, 47, director of the software division of Sun Microsystems, of Palo Alto, Calif.
• Jeffrey Mladenik, vice president of market development at Cahners Business Information and interim CEO of Cahners subsidiary eLogic, an application service provider based in Los Angeles. In addition, Andrew Curry Green, eLogics director of business development.
• Ed Felt, a software engineer with BEA Systems offices in Liberty Corner, N.J.
• Alona Avraham, an engineer associate with Applied Materials, of Santa Clara, Calif.
Oracle, of Redwood Shores, Calif., said that one employee was killed on one of the planes and seven more who were in the Trade Center were missing.