1. Surely it should be obvious to the dimmest executive that trust, that most valuable of economic assets, is easily destroyed and hugely expensive to restore—and that few things are more likely to destroy trust than a company letting sensitive personal data get into the wrong hands.

Is "that" simply a determinative or a pron, referring back to "trust"?

In other words, can I read it this way:

1a. ... executive that trust, that (being) most valuable of economic assets, is...

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It is a determiner, it answer the question "which assets".

Note, for example, it could be replaced with other determiners: "my most valuable of economic assets", but it could not be replaced with a noun "trust", not even in paraphrase. BillJ notes that "valuable" is a fused modifier-head.

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