Cancer tumour shock for Dubliner Qantas chief
Published 11/05/2011 | 11:07
Dublin-born Qantas supremo Alan Joyce (44) is recovering at his Sydney home today after successfully undergoing surgery for cancer of the prostate.
The airline CEO, who was born in Tallaght, and graduated from Trinity College Dublin, underwent surgery twelve days ago. He was told that he could have been dead within eight to ten years if the tumour had not been detected – it was found during a routine health check.
“The good news is he’s fine,” Qantas spokeswoman Olivia Wirth said.
“He’s recovered really well and he’ll be back on deck on Monday. The good news is it was caught really early and it was just by pure chance that they caught it, so he’s very, very fortunate.”
Mr. Joyce said yesterday that he plans to be back at his desk next Monday. He said that his only regret was that he would be unable to fly to Dallas to open a new Qantas route because he is not allowed to fly for at least a month on medical advice.
Alan Joyce was born in Tallaght, Dublin in 1966. He holds a Master of Science degree from TCD and is a former employee of Aer Lingus. He emigrated to Australia in 1996 and he became Chief Executive Officer of Qantas in November 2008