From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Simon Murray was the Executive Chairman of Asia Pacific for the Deutsche Bank Group with responsibility for the supervision of operations of 80 offices in 17 countries in the region. These included corporate and investment banking, project finance and various trading operations involved in foreign exchange, derivatives and securities.
He has lived in Asia for over 40 years, 14 of which were spent with the Jardine Matheson Group, where he ultimately ran their engineering business and their trading operations. Thereafter, he founded Davenham Investments, a project advisory company, in a joint venture with NM Rothschild.
He later sold the firm and became the Group Managing Director of Hutchison Whampoa in 1984; a role which he fulfilled for 9 years.
He pioneered the Hutchison Group's entry into the mobile telecommunication business and negotiated the rights to develop Orange, a leading PCN network in Europe.
He also developed the Group's energy business through the acquisition of Hong Kong Electric and Husky Oil Company of Canada. Hutchison also expanded its container operations during this period and now controls over 20% of the world's container port operations. After leaving Hutchison Whampoa, he co-founded Distacom, a mobile telecommunication operation in India, Japan and Hong Kong. Simon has served as Chairman of numerous companies, including Hong Kong Electric, Hong Kong International Terminals, Husky Oil of Canada and Asia Satellite Telecommunications.
He is currently a Director of a number of companies that include Hutchison Whampoa, Cheung Kong Holdings and Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA and Asia Chairman of Corporate Finance in Macquarie Bank.
During his time in Asia, Mr. Simon Murray is not only witnessed but participated in what was generally considered to be an era of great development in the region's business expansion.