Rebuilding after Catastrophe

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As the United States continues to grieve in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, we at Chief Executive take our place among the nation's and the world's mourners.

Our readers have been personally affected; some have lost family members, others mourn friends and employees. Their businesses have suffered unquantifiable damage. At least 60 companies headquartered in the World Trade Center, and the others with offices there, have been displaced both physically and emotionally. Whole industries are struggling in the aftermath. The airline business, for one, faces massive layoffs, cutbacks in schedules, and consolidation.

In some cases, devastation reached the senior ranks, snatching CEOs and other executives. Their companies are going about the task of rebuilding without them.

Boston-based Internet infrastructure company Akamai Technologies lost its cofounder and chief technology officer Daniel Lewin, who was on board one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. Judy Larocque, founder and CEO of research firm Market Perspectives, was on that same flight, as was Sun Microsystems' Philip Rosenzweig, a director in the software organization, who had been with the company for 10 years. BCT Technology AG lost three senior officers: President and CEO Heinrich Kimmig, Director of Development Klaus Bothe, and Director of Human Resources Wolfgang Menzel. …