Invest Europe chairman and board

Invest Europe Chairman

Gerry Murphy, BlackstoneGerry Murphy

Invest Europe's Chairman is chosen amongst Platform Council members and elected on an annual basis by the Invest Europe Board of Directors. The Chairman takes ultimate responsibility for delivering the Association’s services, and works closely with the Chief Executive to represent members and promote their interests in Europe. The Chairman is also a spokesman for the Association and the industry worldwide.

More about Gerry Murphy

Gerry Murphy is a Senior Managing Director and Chairman of The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP, the firm's principal European entity. Based in London, his primary focus is supporting the firm's activities across Europe and Asia and he serves as a director of Jack Wolfskin (Germany), Intertrust (Netherlands) and Ideal Shopping Direct (UK). He is a non-executive director of British American Tobacco plc.

Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Dr. Murphy spent five years as CEO of Kingfisher plc, a FTSE 100 company and the leading home improvement retailer in Europe. He also served as CEO of Carlton Communications, Exel plc and Greencore Group plc. Earlier in his 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 on the boards of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Abbey National plc and Novar plc and on the UK government's Asia Task Force.

Dr. Murphy was educated in Ireland and received his BSc and PhD in food technology from University College Cork and MBS in marketing from University College Dublin. Gerry is Invest Europe´s Chairman for 2016/17.


The Board of Directors

Invest Europe is managed by a Board of Directors, elected on an annual basis at the Invest Europe Ordinary General Meeting ("OGM").

The Board of Directors is comprised of: 

  • Up to three members from each Invest Europe Platform Council
  • Invest Europe Chairman
  • Invest Europe Chairman-Elect
  • Invest Europe Past-Chairman (guest) 

The Board of Directors manages all Invest Europe's activities, including taking the lead on industry issues. It also assesses Platform action plans and reviews the allocation of resources by the Secretariat. In addition, the Board oversees Invest Europe’s financial and operational performance, as well as the long-term strategy.

Chairman 2016-2017
Gerry Murphy, Blackstone

Past-Chairman 2016-2017
Max Römer, Quadriga Capital

Limited Partners Platform Council
Helen Steers, Pantheon - Invest Europe Vice-Chairman 
Anne Fossemalle - EBRD - Invest Europe Board Member
Marta Jankovic, APG - Invest Europe Board Member

Venture Capital Platform Council
Nenad Marovac, DN Capital - Vice-Chairman
Ekatarina Smirnyagina, Capricorn Ventures Partners - Invest Europe Board Member 
Michael Lee, Syngenta Ventures - Invest Europe Board Member

Mid-market Platform Council
Max Römer, Quadriga Capital - Invest Europe Vice-Chairman
Fabien Prévost, Omnes Capital - Invest Europe Board Member
Christian Strain, Summit Partners - Invest Europe Board Member and Treasurer

Large Buyout Platform Council - Members of European Private Equity Roundtable (EPER)
Rory Macmillan, The Carlyle Group - Invest Europe Vice-Chairman 
Vanessa Maydon, Cinven - Invest Europe Board Member