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Chairman, BGIP & Chairman of the Blackstone Group International Partners LLP
Private Equity — London
Dr. Gerry Murphy is Chairman of The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP, Blackstone's principal European entity. He is also Chairman of Tate & Lyle plc, a Non-Executive Director of Intertrust NV and British American Tobacco plc and Chairman of Invest Europe, the Brussels-based industry association representing Europe’s private equity, venture capital and infrastructure firms and their investors. 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 Merlin Entertainments plc, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Abbey National plc, Novar plc and Hornbach Holding AG. 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.