Peter E. Murphy is the founder and chairman of Wentworth Capital Management, a private investment and venture capital firm focused on media, technology, and branded consumer businesses. Wentworth advises and invests in early and later stage growth businesses in digital media, television, and entertainment. In addition, Murphy serves on the boards of directors of various media and digital technology companies, including Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), where he is chairman of the audit committee and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee, Revel Entertainment where he is chairman of the board, and Malibu Boats (NASDAQ: MBUU), where he is chairman of the compensation committee.
Murphy previously served as President, Strategy & Development of Caesars Entertainment, an Apollo-TPG portfolio company and the world’s largest gaming company. He was responsible for corporate strategy and growth, mergers and acquisitions, corporate development, and real estate development around the world. Prior to Caesars, Murphy was an operating partner at Apollo Global Management focused on media and entertainment investing.
Murphy spent over 18 years at The Walt Disney Company in senior executive roles, serving as Disney’s senior executive vice president, chief strategic officer, senior advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, a member of the company’s executive management committee, and Chief Financial Officer of ABC, Inc. He was responsible for strategy, new business development, mergers and acquisitions, technology, brand management, and long term planning for the growth of Disney’s global businesses. During his tenure the company grew from ~$5 billion in revenue to over $35 billion, driven by the acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC which Murphy spearheaded and the strategic expansion of the ESPN and Disney Channel cable franchises. He was recognized by The Hollywood Reporter in its “Next Generation: Hollywood’s Top 35 Executives under 35” list and lectures regularly at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Murphy previously served on the Boards of Directors of Dial Global (NASDAQ: DG), serving as the chairman of a special committee for restructuring and on the audit committee, and Fisher Communications (NASDAQ: FSCI), serving on the compensation committee.
Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.