Goldman Australia’s Alastair Lucas Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

Alastair Lucas, chairman of investment banking for Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Australian unit, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“Our thoughts and best wishes are with Alastair and his family at this time,” Hayley Morris, a Sydney-based spokeswoman for the bank, said by telephone. The 62-year-old, who joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 after 23 years with Macquarie Group Ltd., is focusing on his “health and wellbeing,” she said.

Lucas will take extended leave from his chairmanship of the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health and also the Medical Research Future Fund Action Group, the two organizations said in a joint e-mailed statement.

The Burnet Institute, which is focused on better health for poor and vulnerable communities, has been chaired by Lucas for the past 12 years. The MRFF Action Group was set up in August to support the government’s proposed A$20 billion ($18.4 billion) fund for medical research.

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