Stephen Murphy, a British national, was appointed Chairman in September 2012. He joined Virgin in 1994 as Group Finance Director and became Executive Director – Transportation in 2001 before succeeding the founder, Sir Richard Branson, as Group CEO in 2005 until December 2011.
He was also Chairman of the board for Virgin Atlantic Airways from 2006 and a non-executive director of many subsidiaries including Virgin Blue Holdings in Australia, Virgin America and Virgin Rail. Mr. Murphy is also Chairman of Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd, the UK’s largest horticultural retailer, Chairman of Byron Hamburgers Ltd, a UK casual dining restaurant chain, Chairman of the Learning Clinic Ltd, a UK medical technology business, Chairman of OVO Energy Group Ltd, a major UK energy reseller and a non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at the Business Growth Fund, a GBP 2.5 billion equity investment capital fund.
He is also an advisory partner of Ashcombe Advisers LLP. Previously, Mr. Murphy held senior positions at Unilever, Mars, the Burton Group and Quaker.