Stephen P. Murray was a major force in the business world, especially in the private equity industry. He became a masterful investor and was equally as comfortable in the world of philanthropy as was in business as he supported several projects near and dear to his heart.
He always recognized and acknowledged he was very fortunate to achieve the success he had and felt it important to pass some of the good things he received in life to others.
He rose to the office of President and Chief Executive Officer of CCMP Capital, a company in which he co-founded. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital was a private equity firm that specialized in growth equity transactions and buyouts. His previous employment with Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, MH Equity Corporation, Chemical Bank and Chase Manhattan Corporation prepared him for the ultimate role at CCMP Capital.
He credits his educational background which included earning an Economics degree from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Business School with the solid foundation for much of his success.
He worked with both schools in different capacities providing opportunities for students to excel and experience their own level of success.
He utilized his education and his business success as stepping stones to his philanthropic philosophy. He knew in his heart it was important to help others and provide positive opportunities they might not be able to experience otherwise and that were one of the keys to his success.
He supported such foundations as the Make – A – Wish Foundation of Metro New York providing the opportunity for those with life threatening afflictions a moment of happiness and the opportunity to forget about treatments and medical appointments for a short time.
His heart swelled with pride every time he saw a smile on the face of a recipient of the foundation. Stephen Murray also supported the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and the Stamford Museum. His work with each entity helped to make a difference in the life of someone who needed a helping hand and a splash of happiness.
His impact was felt on the boards of several major corporations he was associated with. Those companies included Legacy Hospital Partners, Pinnacle Foods, Cabela’s, The Vitamin Shoppe, Warner Chilcott, AMC Entertainment, General Power Systems and Aramark.
He used his business acumen and personal philosophy to help those companies remain successful and serve the community in their own way.
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