Mr. Kevin MURRAY
Candidate for Second Vice President
Candidate for Board-Member-at-large (if not elected as Second Vice President)
Kevin assumed the role of Citi Country Officer for Hungary, Serbia and Balkan & Baltic Regions in 2016. In addition, in 2016 he was appointed the CEO for Citi’s five presence countries in Central Europe. In 2018, he was appointed the governance head for the Citibank Europe PLC branch in Poland.
Prior to his current position, he spent eight years as the CEO for Citi’s businesses in West & Central Africa.
Before moving to Africa, he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Markets & Banking in Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA), 2006 to 2008. From 2005 to 2006 he was COO for the Central Europe division, based in Budapest.
Kevin has over 30 years of experience in Citi, where he has been posted in the US, India, Japan, Hungary, UK, Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire.
He holds a BS in Chemistry from Fordham University, a MS in Computer Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA in Finance from New York University. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Air Force.
Mr. Murray is the former Chairman of the US-Hungarian Business Council. In 2018, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Officer’s Cross.
Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?
Being a member of the AMCHAM brings many benefits to the individual member and to the economic and social fabric of our environment. The American Chamber of Commerce is the key interlocutor between government and business in this country. Businesses in AMCHAM have the ability to highlight initiatives that are important to them, helping to ensure they are heard by appropriate members of the government. Through membership, AMCHAM has the ability to bring successful initiatives that cross industries and countries to the attention of the appropriate governmental agencies, allowing for a sharing of best practices that span continents. This sharing will ultimately make Hungary more competitive on the global stage. AMCHAM also has the ability to impact social issues like literacy and education via its member sponsored programs.
What motivates you to be an AmCham Board Member/Supervisory Board Member?
One thing I believe deeply in is the need to lead by example. If you want to help change your environment, you have to be involved in leading those efforts. I thought it was time to take that step. After close to three years working with AMCHAM in Hungary, I believe I am in the right place to help position ourselves for the future. Across those three years Citi and I have been involved in many events and initiatives under the aegis of AMCHAM. We have learned a lot from them and now would like to become more directly involved in the organization’s management and direction. Being able to help position our great team of business people for the future would be a privilege, and one for which I am prepared to work very hard with the rest of the AMCHAM organization.
Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of Board Member/Supervisory Board?
I have worked with an international organization for over 30 years, across seven countries, with over 20 years overseas. I have worked with AMCHAMs in many of the countries as a Founding / Patron member. My experiences with the various AMCHAMs give me a unique insight into the sharing of best practices. In the one case where we had to dissolve an AMCHAM and reform it under a new Charter, it only added to my ability to understand and transfer positive lessons. My current remit covers about 6,500 people spread over six countries in Central Europe. A number of those who report directly to me have been on AMCHAM boards; some have held the position of President. This provides me multiple sources to tap for new ideas. Diversity and inclusion have been important building blocks for me and my organization. Having just won the Best Diversity Program award this year, it shows my commitment to our people and it is my desire to continue this through AMCHAM. Lastly, I have shown my commitment to this country early-on, as recognized with the awarding of the Officer’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit by Minister Szijjártó and the President of HIPA, Róbert Ésik. I would like to continue those efforts through the AMCHAM board membership.
How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?
Since November, 2016, starting with the election event, Citi and I have been involved to more than 16 initiatives with AMCHAM. To highlight a few, Citi and I have had the honour of being a Diamond Sponsor for the Election Night Party. We have sponsored business forums with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Minister for the National Economy as key note speakers, on separate occasions. We have supported the AMCHAM Foundation via charitable contributions for children in need through volunteering efforts to help talented children in State care in Hungary. Citi will be a sponsor on the upcoming Competitive Education Conference. I have been in many of the AMCHAM activities to include the meetings with our ambassadors (Hungary and US).