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Dr Gerry Murphy joins Burberry board as chairman designate

Dr Gerry Murphy is set to take over as chairman designate at Burberry after Sir John Peace stepped down after 16 years in the role.

Murphy said: “I am honoured to take up this role and to succeed Sir John as chairman. Burberry is a unique British brand that I have admired for a long time and I am looking forward to working with Marco Gobbetti and the board to guide the company through its next phase of growth.”

Murphy is currently the chairman of Tate & Lyle and of The Blackstone Group International Partners, and has served as the non-executive director of companies including British American Tobacco, Merlin Entertainments and Reckitt Benckiser.

Jerry Darroch, senior independent director said: “We are delighted to welcome Gerry to the board. His substantial UK plc and global business experience will be a great asset to Burberry as we continue to focus on delivering long-term shareholder value.”

The appointment of Murphy concludes the process initiated in June 2017 by Darroch to find a successor to Peace.

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