Thursday Jul 28, 2022

Ep. 11 - ’Hire somebody that you know can replace you,’ says investor and entrepreneur Byrne Murphy – Great Business Minds

Welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.


Great Business Minds is brought to you in partnership with Portman Partners, the premiere executive search firm for the digital infrastructure industry. 


In this episode we are joined by an industry titan who has leading experience in creating, scaling up, and exiting businesses delivering on high return rates.


Byrne Murphy is an entrepreneur with more than thirty years of operations in international development and investment. Three times he brought US concepts to Europe and grew start-up companies into US$1+ billion global enterprises.


After developing high-end mixed-use projects in Washington, DC in the 1980s and ‘90s, Byrne co-founded BAA-McArthurGlen, the company that imported the designer outlet concept to the UK and Europe. After opening the company’s Paris office in 1992, he led its expansion across Europe, resulting in more than US$1 billion in sales.


He then developed private residence clubs, starting with restoring Palazzo Tornabuoni, a 15th-century Medici palazzo in Florence, Italy. The Palazzo underwent a $250 million re-development and is now managed by The Four Seasons. In 2010, the project won Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Award of Excellence for EMEA.


More recently, he co-founded DigiPlex, a sustainable data centre business in the Nordics, with Bill Conway, the Co-founder of The Carlyle Group. The two have recently sold the operator to affiliates of IPI Partners, LLC, a global investment platform focused on cloud hosting and other technology and connectivity-related real assets.


Author of the award-winning book “Le Deal: How a Young American, in Business, in Love, and in Over His Head, Kick-Started a Multibillion-Dollar Industry in Europe”, Byrne also owns and runs Kitebrook Partners, a real estate development and investment company.


In his first major public interview since the DigiPlex transaction was announced in July 2021, Byrne shares with GBM the ins and outs of the deal, as well as his vision and projections for data centre and digital infrastructure investment across different regions.


Byrne also delves into his life journey, the ups and downs, and how he turned things around when things turned really bad.


Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.


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