Christopher C. Newton
Hometown: Ashburn, Va., USA
Occupation: Chief executive, WorkLife Benefits
Location: Passenger, American Flight 77, Pentagon
Christopher C. Newton, the fiercely private chief executive officer of California-based Work Life Benefits, was due at a budget meeting there Tuesday afternoon and caught American Airlines Flight 77 that morning.
He had been traveling constantly in recent months, preparing to move the company, a workplace management firm, to suburban Washington. His wife, Amy, had already moved to Ashburn with their son, Michael, 10, and daughter, Sarah, 7.
Colleagues said Newton, 38, viewed the move as strategically advantageous and jokingly said it would put him three time zones closer for telephone calls from the Paris headquarters of Accor, the firm's parent.
Few colleagues had seen much of him during his travels, but he remained in touch by e-mail and telephone, said company spokesman Bill Gurzi.
John Kortenhoeven, who was hired as a consultant in 1997 about the time Newton joined the firm, said he got to know him over rounds of golf.
"There's always work, but then there's always golf to talk about, too," said Kortenhoeven, who was named chief financial officer when Newton was promoted to CEO in 1998.
-- Steven Gray
Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com
The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.
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