Senior Managing Director and Chairman of the Blackstone Group International Partners LLP
Gerry Murphy is a Senior Managing Director in the Corporate Private Equity group and Chairman of The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP, the firm’s principal European regulated entity. Based in London, his primary focus is supporting the firm’s activities across Europe and Asia and he serves as a director of United Biscuits, Merlin Entertainments Group, Jack Wolfskin and Michaels Stores. He is a non-executive director of British American Tobacco plc.
Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Dr. Murphy spent five years as CEO of Kingfisher plc, a FTSE 100 company and the leading home improvement retailer in Europe and Asia. He has also served as CEO of Carlton Communications plc, Exel plc and Greencore Group plc. Earlier in his career, he held senior operating and corporate positions with Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo plc) in Ireland, the UK and the USA. He has served on the boards of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Abbey National plc and Novar plc and on the UK government’s Asia Task Force.
Dr. Murphy was educated in Ireland and received his BSc with honours and PhD in food technology from University College Cork and a 1st Class MBS in marketing from University College Dublin.