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Kathryn Murphy is a respected CEO, board director, and engineer. She has held senior executive roles with Corning Incorporated. She brings 30 years of leadership experience in global procurement, supply chain management, and operationalizing new market growth opportunities. At Merryck & Co, she has mentored Fortune 200 executives in the global energy, manufacturing, and technology industries.
Murphy has traveled and managed work in Japan, South Korea and China supporting the supply chain needs of local factories. In addition, she sourced machined component parts from China and Taiwan in addition to leading an organization that had significant customers and distributors in the region.
In addition to her work at Merryck & Co, Murphy has held leadership roles on numerous university, business, and philanthropic nonprofit boards. She also consults on the successful execution and launch of entrepreneurial startup companies.
As president and CEO of Corning Gilbert, a subsidiary of Corning Incorporated, Murphy implemented strategies for long-term revenue growth by boosting sales of existing product lines and entering new and adjacent markets. In addition, she led a cross-functional team of business executives to develop a vision, roadmap, and strategic plan for transforming customer experience for a $1B+ division of Corning Cable Systems which resulted in increased customer loyalty, market share, and profitability.
Prior to becoming CEO, Murphy held the leadership position of vice president of supply chain and procurement. She started her career as a process systems engineer at Corning before becoming a manufacturing systems engineer.
Murphy has been a board member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Boys Choir, and Junior Achievement of the Southern Tier. She also served on the advisory boards of Valley of the Sun United Way, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Engineering, and Arizona State University Polytechnic School. In addition, she was interim executive director of the Phoenix Boys Choir from 2013 to 2014.
Murphy earned a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is married and has two sons.
“If you’re not adding value, then you shouldn’t be complaining about all the things you’re not getting.”
In her interview with Merryck’s Adam Bryant, Murphy shares insights on the art of having difficult conversations at work, creating real value in your job, and time-management. Click here to read more.
“I felt completely at ease with [my mentor]. What I found really value-adding - and different - about [my mentor’s] approach was her ability to subtly challenge my thought processes, leading me to an answer that I implicitly knew was the right one but that I had previously allowed myself to compromise upon.”