- Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss says he has stage three colon cancer but is continuing to work.
- He also revealed in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph that he had a tumor removed.
- Richard Branson’s airline recently said cabin crew are allowed to show tattoos while on the job.
Virgin Atlantic’s CEO has revealed he has cancer and has had a tumor removed, but he will continue to run Richard Branson’s airline while he receives treatment.
Speaking to Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, Shai Weiss said he discovered he had stage three colon cancer after seeking medical advice while trying to shake off a prolonged bout of fatigue after contracting Covid .
“We caught it in time. It has not spread to other major organs. So this chemotherapy should ensure that there is no recurrence of cancer.”
Weiss told the newspaper that he was undergoing three months of chemotherapy to remove cancer cells in the surrounding lymph nodes.
“I’m still working. But there are days when I have time off. When I have to go to treatment,” added Weiss. “When I’m in bad shape, not all of my days are perfect, not all of my days are great, and it’s not all smiles.”
Weiss is not the first entrepreneur to continue working after a cancer diagnosis. In 2014, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon announced that he had throat cancer, and while making fewer public appearances, he continued to run Wall Street Bank.
Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein announced in 2015 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.
However, Weiss stressed that he had no self-pity: “It’s just something I have to get through. I understand all the risks, but my efforts are focused on getting healthy and coming back. For me, my family.” , my friends and the company.”
Weiss has been CEO of Virgin Atlantic since January 2019, but joined Virgin Atlantic in 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. Last week, Virgin became the first British airline to allow its cabin crew to display tattoos while at work.
Insiders contacted Virgin Atlantic for comment.
In the interview, Weiss said he continues to look ahead rather than back: “I’m a positive person. Why should I look back? I look ahead – that’s me.”
Though he continued to work, he did not underestimate the toll his treatment would take: “Cancer does not bode well, to be categorical. Chemo is a terrible thing. It must attack the body – it is poison.”