Stephen Murray, a Pioneer in the Investment Industry
Stephen P. Murray has been a private equity investor and philanthropist for over a period of two decades. He was the former president and chief executive officer of Stephen Murray CCMP Capital on wikipedia, an international private equity firm that deals with buyout and growth equity transactions. He acquired his bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston College and later got his master’s degree in business administration from Columbia Business School. He was an excellent investor and has spent almost all his career in private equity. He has made major positive contributions to the CCMP Capital since he joined the firm in 1989.
He began his career at Manufacturers Hanover Corporation in 1984 where he participated in a credit analyst training program. Later, he joined MH Equity Corporation which was a combination of Manufacturers Hanover’s private equity and its finance unit. However, in 1991, Chemical Bank purchased Manufacturers Hanover leading to the merging of MH Equity Corporation and Chemical Venture Partners. There after Chemical Bank combined with Chase Manhattan Corporation and Chase became part of J.P Morgan & Co. At J.P Morgan Partners, Murray became the head of the buyout business in 2005 and continued leading the firm through all the transitions. This was before J.P Morgan Partners changed its name to CCMP Capital. He made major contributions including giving the firm advices on measures that led to the growth and success of the firm.
Murray was named the chief executive officer of CCMP in 2007 and has helped the firm establish its operations over the years and helped the firm in acquiring its new identity. During his sixteen years at Stephen Murray CCMP Capital, he has made major contributions that have led the firm to being globally recognized. It is currently ranked among the world’s largest private equity firms.
He was also a well established philanthropist who served on the board of trustee at Boston College as the vice chairman and was a member on the chairman’s council of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. He also supported the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield Country, the Stamford Museum and Columbia Business School.
He stepped down from his role as the chief executive officer at CCMP Capital due to health related problems. He passed away on March 12, 2015 at the age of 52.