Dr Gerry Murphy has been appointed to the Board of Burberry as Chairman designate. His appointment is said to conclude the process initiated in June 2017 to name a successor to Sir John Peace by the end of 2018. Effective from May 17, Murphy succeeds Peace, who is to step down from the role and from the Board on the same date after 16 years.

Gerry has served as non-Executive Director of companies including British American Tobacco, Merlin Entertainments and Reckitt Benckiser. He is currently Chairman of Tate and Lyle and of The Blackstone Group International Partners, Blackstone’s principal European entity.

Before joining Blackstone as a Senior Managing Director in its private equity group, he served as CEO of Kingfisher, Carlton Communications, Exel and Greencore Group.