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Stephen Murray: An investment leader


A little over a year ago a true pioneer who spent most of his career involved in private equity passed away a role model. The former CCMP Capital CEO, Stephen Murray, played an enormous role in nurturing CCMP Capital (formerly JPMorgan Partners) to a 3.6 billion dollar fund in 2015 firmly establishing a solid relationship with new investors under the companies new name. Read more: CCMP :: Team

Steve was a terrific investor and deal maker who spent the majority of his career in private equity. We are grateful for his positive contributions to the success of CCMP and its predecessors.”, said Greg Brenneman, CCMP’s current chairman, president and CEO. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://culturebytes.org/the-exponential-growth-of-ccmp-capital-under-stephen-murrays-leadership/

Stephen Murray graduated with high marks from Boston College in 1984 with a degree in economics, which was his first stepping stone to his successful career investing. Stephan did not halt there, he continued to Columbia University where he finished his Master’s degree further solidifying his future success. Although he spent most of his life in private equity he did great work with many separate companies.

His career began with Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, where he worked relentlessly until 1989 when Manufacturers Hanover Corporation partnered with MH Equity Corporation combining the two strong departments in either company. In 1991 MH Equity was acquired by Chemical Venture Partners and Stephan Murray began his work with Chemical Bank, until it was purchased by Chase Manhattan. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://rcactrack.com/2016/01/01/ccmp-capital-resumes-business-after-death-of-stephen-murray/

Further in his career in 2005, Murray became head of buyout business at JP Morgan Partners. Over time it became apparent that it was necessary to break off from JP Morgan as it was becoming difficult to work with JPMorgan as it would be perceived as JPMorgan favoring an in house firm, thus leading to the spinoff and renaming of JPMorgan Partners. Working as a true leader in his field Stephan escalated to CEO of CCMP Capital, which he had co-founded, in 2007.

More than just an investor and visionary Stephen Murray was a loving husband and father to four sons. He actively supported the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County aswell as supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Eventually becoming a member on the chairman’s council of the Make a Wish Foundation of Metro New York he helped many.

With his busy schedule and relentless work Murray became vice chairman of the board of trustees at Boston College, proving his dedication to excellence and his passion to direct the future. By the end of his long and honest career Stephan Murray was 52 years of age, and his fellow co-workers are certain that he had laid seeds in the industry and the future will miss his drive and goodwill. Read more: CCMP’s Murray dead at 52

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