At least six top executives of technology companies were among those killed Tuesday when the aircraft they were traveling on were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Daniel C. Lewin, the co-founder and chief technology officer of Internet communication company Akamai Technologies, Edmund Glazer, chief financial officer (CFO) of California-based optical networking company MRV Communications, Jeff Mladenik, vice president of market development and interim CEO of ELogic, and Andrew Curry Green, director of business development for ELogic, were all on board American Airlines flight 11.
The aircraft, which had 81 passengers and 11 crew on board, slammed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center complex shortly before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, marking the start of a morning of carnage in New York and Washington, D.C.
Lewin was 31 years old and is survived by his wife and two sons, Akamai said. MRV's Glazer was 41 years old and is survived by his wife, Candy, and son, Nathan. Information regarding Mladenik and Curry Green was not immediately available.
James E. Hayden, CFO of software maker Netegrity Inc., was aboard United Flight 175, the second plane to crash into the World Trade Center, and Steven D. "Jake" Jacoby, chief operating officer (COO) of wireless data and messaging provider Metrocall Inc., was aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which smashed into the Pentagon Tuesday.
Hayden, 47, is survived by his wife, Gail, and their two children. Jacoby, 43, was a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, where he was actively involved in a variety of charities.
Colleagues of the six executives expressed their shock and sadness about the losses in statements released by the companies Wednesday.
"Danny was a wonderful human being," George Conrades, chairman and chief executive officer of Akamai, said of Lewin. "He will be deeply missed by his many friends at Akamai. Our thoughts and prayers are with Danny's family, friends and colleagues during this time of national tragedy and personal loss."
"This is a very sad day for MRV and for all who knew Edmund," said Noam Lotan, president and CEO of MRV in the statement. "He was a true friend and his kindness and devotion will be deeply missed. We have lost a member of our family, and his loss is overwhelming to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Edmund's family, friends and colleagues and all the families that have suffered personal losses during this tragedy."
Netegrity Chairman and CEO Barry Bycoff said of Hayden,"I speak on behalf of the entire company in conveying our deepest sadness at the tragic loss of an incredible human being and friend."
Metrocall CFO Vince Kelly said that Jacoby "was a close personal friend, a leader and loved by the employees within our organization."
Mladenik and Curry Green were remembered by Gerard van de Aast, chief executive officer of publisher Cahners Business Information, which acquired ELogic last year. "Jeff and Andrew will be missed by all of us at Cahners," he said in a statement. "They were consummate professionals and close friends. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with their family and friends, as well as with their colleagues throughout Cahners."
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Akamai provides content delivery service for leading Web technology firms. Geographically dispersed Akamai servers deliver advertisements, video, and other high-bandwidth content for the company's clients. MRV, which is based in Chatsworth, Calif., is a holding company for several optical networking companies including Luminent Inc., Optical Access Inc., Touch Communications, Cescomm and NBase-Xyplex. ELogic is a web design and development company based in Los Angeles. Netegrity is an e-business software provider with headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, and Metrocall is a wireless data and messaging provider based in Alexandria, Virginia.
Photograph: Daniel C. Lewin.