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Too Soon? Getting Back to Business After A Tragedy


A small business jet crashed at 9:40 PM Saturday night in Bedford, Mass. All seven people on board were killed but as of early this morning the name of only one has been released: Lewis Katz, co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In a story posted at 8:26 AM this morning the Inquirer confirmed Katz’s death. What caught our eye was this comment from Katz’s co-owner:

“We all deeply mourn the loss of my true friend and fellow investor in ownership of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com,” Lenfest said. “It is a severe loss, but I am pleased to announce that Drew Katz, Lewis’s son, will replace his father on the board of our new company.”

When a business loses a leader — it is important to reassure people that there will be continuity.  But less than 12 hours after the crash —  is WAY too soon to say you are “pleased to announce” a successor — even if that person is the victim’s son.



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