The Board of the Reading Terminal Market Corporation is pleased to announce that Conor Murphy will step into the role of General Manager effective May 6. Murphy brings a broad skill set and an impressive resume, which will serve the Market well during this pivotal time.
An immigrant, Murphy grew up in Ireland, where his family owns a grocery business. Most recently, he founded an advisory company that helps entrepreneurs and executives identify and fulfill philanthropic goals, and Bearings Coffee, which develops specialty coffee blends for cocktails, and promotes non-profit causes.
He spent his early professional career at Ernst & Young as a risk consultant and project manager. Drawn to entrepreneurship, Murphy moved to Haiti to set up the Soul of Haiti Foundation for Irish entrepreneurs, which pioneered public and private sector partnerships and leveraged relationships with governments and investors to create social enterprise, investment, agribusiness, and tourism programs. The Foundation galvanized major players such as the Clinton Foundation, Digicel, and Alltech to support these initiatives in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake. These experiences informed Murphy’s passion for corporate social responsibility.
“We are pleased to welcome Conor as our new General Manager,” said Albert Mezzaroba, Chairman of the Reading Terminal Market Corporation. “His vision for the Market is impressive, his ideas are exciting and innovative, and he has the experience and skill set to lead us, both in the short term through this crisis and in the long term, into the future.”
“The Terminal is such an icon of this great city. I have been impressed to see how the Market family is thinking so deeply about getting through these difficult times and is already looking into the future,” said Murphy. “The opportunities for the Market really are endless, and I am truly honored to join this incredible institution and I want to thank everyone in my universe who helped me along the way.”
Murphy takes over the Market following the departure on of Anuj Gupta, who had served as the Market’s General Manager since May of 2015 and was recently hired by U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans to serve as his Chief of Staff. Murphy’s hire culminates a two-month national recruitment in which the Market again tapped Priscilla Rosenwald of Leadership Recruiters to assist in its search, as she did in 2015. The Market received applications from over 50 candidates from across the country, including from Louisiana and Maine.
“This recruitment was a challenge but our Directors were up to the task,” explained Mezzaroba. “We had to adjust quickly to the COVID-19 environment and this meant relying on virtual interviews and meetings. Fortunately, it worked. We couldn’t be happier to have Conor on board.”