Dr. Gerry Murphy is Chairman of The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP, Blackstone's principal European entity and serves as a Director of Ideal Shopping Direct (UK). He is also Chairman of Tate & Lyle plc and Chairman Designate of Burberry plc.
Before joining Blackstone in 2008 as a Senior Managing Director in its Corporate Private Equity group, Dr. Murphy served as CEO of Kingfisher plc, Carlton Communications plc, Exel plc and Greencore Group plc. Earlier in his executive 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 as a Non-Executive Director of British American Tobacco plc, Intertrust NV, Merlin Entertainments plc, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Abbey National plc, Novar plc and Hornbach Holding AG and he also served as Chairman of Invest Europe, the Brussels-based industry association representing Europe’s private equity, venture capital and infrastructure firms and their investors.
Dr. Murphy was educated in Ireland and received his PhD in food technology from University College Cork and MBS in marketing from University College Dublin.