Stephen Murray’s Proud Legacy Lives On

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital passed away in March 2015 at the age of 52, but his legacy lives on. He was the Chief Executive Officer and president of CCMP Capital. With his talent and expertise, he was one of the major players that made CCMP Capital the mega success it has become.

CCMP Capital is a private equity firm found in 1984 that focuses on growth equity and buyout transactions. This firm was previously known as Chase Capital Partners and then JPMorgan Partners when J.P. Morgan bought Chase. After this firm went independent in 2006, Murray became the CEO a year later.

Murray joined the company in 1984 in the company’s credit analyst training program after he earned his bachelors degree in 1984 from Boston College. In 1989, he earned his masters degree from Columbia Business School in business administration. And in that same year, Stephen Murray joined the company’s division that combined their leveraged finance unit with its private equity group. In 2005, Murray was promoted to the head of buyout business. In August 2006, CCMP Capital was found in which Murray was one of the co-founders. CCMP is a JPMorgan Chase’s spinout that includes the growth equity and buyout team of their private equity group.

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Board Memberships

In addition to his devotion to his firm, Murray found time to serve on the board of several major companies, including Cabela’s, Pinnacle Foods, AMC Entertainment, Aramark, Warner Chilcott, Legacy Hospital Partners, and Generac Power Systems. His latest board membership included Octagon Credit Investors, Crestcom International, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Crestcom International, Jetro JMDH Holdings, Strongwood Insurance Holdings, and LHP Hospital Group.

Philanthropy Efforts

Stephen Murray even made time to reach back to help others. He supported the Boston College, Stamford Museum, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, and Columbia Business School. He was also a chairman’s council member of the Make a Wish Foundation of Metro New York and the board of trustee’s vice chairman at Boston College.


Murray left behind a wife and their two sons. He is most beloved and sorely missed by them and some former colleagues who have grown to have known and worked with him throughout the years. He is also missed by others who lives he has truly touched. Nevertheless, his legacy is something to be proud of, and it lives on.

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