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Dermot Dunphy, HBS 1956, was recruited by HBS friends Bill Donaldson, Dan Lufkin, and Richard Jenrette, founders of DLJ, to run a business they thought had potential given the right management. The company, Sealed Air, invented the now-popular plastic bubble wrap, but the founders weren't sure how to market it. Dermot took over the company and in the process essentially invented the packaging industry. He also created a first-rate R&D lab as well as a consulting-oriented sales force to continue developing packaging solutions for a wide range of firms. He described his journey as an entrepreneur from his home in New Jersey in March 2002.