Dr. Gerry Murphy
Gerry was appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company on 20 October 2013, representing Blackstone.
Gerry is a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone’s private equity group in London, Chairman of Blackstone’s European holdings and a Director of United Biscuits, Intertrust Group and Jack Wolfskin. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Gerry was CEO of Kingfisher plc, a leading home improvement retailer in Europe and Asia. He has previously been CEO of Carlton Communications plc, Exel plc and Greencore Group plc and spent his earlier career with Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo plc). He is a Non-executive Director of British American Tobacco plc and has also served on the boards of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Abbey National plc and Novar plc. He received his BSc and PhD in food technology from University College Cork and MBS in marketing from University College Dublin.