Friday, March 31, 2023


Merlin Entertainments Group, a leading global visitor attraction operator, announced that Gerry Murphy has been appointed as a non-executive director of the company.

Gerry is currently a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone’s Corporate Private Equity group and Chairman of The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP. Blackstone is a 34% per cent shareholder in Merlin.

Before joining Blackstone, Gerry spent five years as Chief Executive of Kingfisher, the leading retailer. Prior to this he was CEO of Carlton Communications, Exel and Greencore Group. Other current roles include serving as a director of United Biscuits, Kloeckner Pentaplast and Michaels Stores. He is also a non-executive director of British American Tobacco.

Sir John Sunderland, Chairman of Merlin, said: “I am delighted to welcome Gerry to our Board. His deep experience of international consumer-facing businesses will be of enormous benefit as we continue to accelerate Merlin’s growth trajectory around the world. We are all very much looking forward to working with him.”

Merlin Entertainments now operates over 70 attractions, six hotels/two holiday villages in 17 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 43.6 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 15,000 employees. Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions – SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The EDF Energy London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Heide Park, Earth Explorer, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, Sydney Tower Observatory and Skywalk, Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter Underwater World, Oceanworld Manly and Hamilton Island Koala Gallery.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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