Stephen Murray, before his passing, was CEO of CCMP. A year before his marriage to Tami, Murray joint Manufacturers Hanover Corporation as an analyst for the credit training program. When Manufacturers Hanover Corporation combined its private equity with another of its units, Murray joint the new outfit: MH Equity Corporation in 1989. Murray, in 2005, was the head of a unit in JP Morgan Partners: that is the buyout business. To improve JP Morgan Chase, Morgan co-founded CCMP in 2006. The growth equity and buyout team of JP Morgan joint CCMP. A year later, Murray was named Chief Executive of CCMP.
Stephen Murray has sat on many boards in large companies. He was on Aramark, Warner Chilcott and Pinnacle Food’s board. Murray also served on The Vitamin Shoppe, Generac Power Systems, Cabela and AMC Entertainment’s board. On Legacy Hospital Partners’ board, Murray had a place as well.
It was in Boston College that Murray graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In pursuit of excellence he enrolled for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Colombia University, New York.
In giving back to the community, Murray was not left behind as he gave generously to various causes. Murray supported Make-A-Wish Foundation in New York. Other institutions he supported included the Lower Fairfield’s Food Bank. Colombia Business School and Stamford Museum are also beneficiaries of Murray’s philanthropy. Stephen Murray sat on the Make a Wish Foundation’s chairman’s council and was on Boston College’s board of trustees.
Life and Family
Stephen grew up in New York City. He married Tami Anne, a college friend and confidant. Anne, who comes from Cumberland, wed Murray on 21st September 1985. The two were married for 29 years raising their family in Stamford, CT. Murray was a generous, compassionate and hardworking man respected and revered in his community. He was proud of his four sons and their accomplishments. In return, the boys adored their father.
Stephen, at the age of 52, passed away at home on 12th March 2015. This happened a month after resigning his position at CCMP Capital. He is survived by Joseph and Nancy Murray, his parents. Also left behind are his wife and sons Nolan, Sean and James. His in-laws Joann and Reddinger of London and their families were also crushed by the death of their brother.
Tribute and Eulogy
Murray was eulogized by his colleagues at CCMP as a terrific investor. Murray’s career was mainly in private equity, and he was a great deal maker. Colleagues say they are forever grateful for his contribution to CCMP’s success in the industry.