(Bloomberg) -- Morgan Stanley Co-President Andy Saperstein has been diagnosed with cancer and plans to keep working as he begins to receive treatment.
“I’m young and in otherwise good health,” Saperstein, 56, said in a memo to employees Tuesday. “That gives me great confidence as I begin the process of starting treatment so I can recover from this illness and put it all behind me. While my travel may be limited during the period of my treatment, I plan to continue working to make sure Morgan Stanley remains on our great path forward.”
Saperstein was one of three candidates to take over for outgoing Chief Executive Officer James Gorman, a job that ultimately went to Ted Pick last month. In a rare move for Wall Street, the two men who missed out on the top job agreed to stay on, with Dan Simkowitz replacing Pick as co-president leading the investment-banking and trading division and Saperstein gaining oversight of the firm’s asset-management business in addition to his role leading wealth management.
Those two divisions have grown significantly over the past decade and produced roughly 57% of the firm’s revenue in the first nine months of this year. They manage a total of $6.2 trillion in client assets. On Monday, New York-based Morgan Stanley named Jed Finn head of the company’s $4.8 trillion wealth-management business, giving him oversight of the biggest revenue generator at the firm.
Saperstein, who was charged with expanding the firm’s wealth-management juggernaut, has worked under Gorman at three firms across three decades, starting at consulting giant McKinsey & Co. before joining him at Merrill Lynch and then Morgan Stanley, where they overhauled the white-shoe investment bank.
Top banking executives have a long history of continuing to work during treatment after receiving cancer diagnoses. Barclays Plc CEO C.S. Venkatakrishnan oversaw the firm from home during three months of treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, then immediately returned to the office earlier this year. Lloyd Blankfein ran Goldman Sachs Group Inc. while undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma in 2015, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. head Jamie Dimon received treatment for throat cancer in 2014. Both men announced their treatments were successful within about six months.