J. Murphy & Sons has appointed current chief operating officer (COO) John Murphy as its new CEO.
John is currently responsible for leading the group’s operations in the UK and abroad. He will take over from current CEO Steve Hollingshead, who steps down in December 2017 to take up a role as non-executive director on the company’s board.
John Murphy, who originally joined the business as a civil engineer in 2003, said, ‘To be at the helm of a company that is leading the way in innovation and engineering – a company my grandfather began more than 60 years ago – is a real honour, and I can’t wait to get started.’
Prior to taking on the COO role, John successfully lead Murphy’s business across the north of England as managing director and has represented the company on a number of joint venture boards both in the UK and internationally.
Chairman Alastair Kerr added, ‘[John] takes over the reins at an exciting time for Murphy, where we have a clear long-term plan for where we are going and what we want to deliver.
‘As well as an understanding of the company’s history, John has experience and knowledge of Murphy’s people and values, which will be instrumental for us as we go forward and deliver our growth plan.’
Peter Anderson, who joined Murphy from Balfour Beatty in January as managing director for its south business, will become the company’s chief operating officer.