Simon Murray

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"Simon Murray was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Chairman in April 2011. He is the founder and current chairman of GEMS Limited, a private equity investment group operating across Asia. Previously, Mr Murray led Jardine Matheson’s engineering and trading operations from 1966 to 1980, after which he set up Davenham Investments, a project advisory company. From 1984 until 1993, Mr Murray was group managing director of Hutchison Whampoa, leading its entry into the mobile telecommunication business, developing its energy business and expanding its container and port operations. Mr Murray served as a member of the Hutchison Whampoa Board until May 2007. From 1994 to 1997, Mr Murray was the executive chairman of Deutsche Bank group for the Asia Pacific region. Mr Murray is currently a member of the Board of Directors of a number of public companies including IRC, Essar Energy, Orient Overseas, Wing Tai Properties, Greenheart, Compagnie Financiere Richemont and Sino Forest Corporation. Mr Murray was a non-executive director of Vodafone between July 2007 and July 2010. In 1993, Mr Murray was appointed a CBE in honour of his contribution to the Hong Kong community. Mr Murray has also been awarded the Order of Merit of the French Republic and is a Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur. He holds an honorary B.A. degree in law from Bath University and attended the Stanford Executive Programme (SEP) in the U.S." [1]


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  1. Glencore International Board, organizational web page, accessed September 23, 2012.