18 May 2015
By David O’Sullivan
EMC, the US multinational that employs over 3,000 people in Ireland, has today announced the appointment of Chris Murphy to the role of Vice President of IT Client Experience, with responsibility over 1,000 global employees.
Formerly Senior Director of IT Client Experience at EMC’s Centre of Excellence in Cork, as Vice President, Mr Murphy’s focus has shifted to providing a world-class IT experience to over 50,000 EMC employees worldwide.
“The IT world is undergoing rapid evolution, and for many businesses, the challenge is an internal one as much as a client-facing one. Employees who enjoy the elegance of iOS, or the simplicity of apps like Skype and WhatsApp, are increasingly expecting the same of the programs and systems they use at work,” said Mr Murphy.
“Furthermore, the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets in the workplace requires new ways of thinking, especially in terms of security and privacy. Getting to grips with this shifting landscape is something I look forward to, as well as the formation of EMC’s global IT strategy from our Cork campus,” he said.
A team of 1,000, speaking 25 languages in 37 different countries, will report directly to Mr Murphy from his base at EMC’s Ovens-based Centre of Excellence.
The EMC Centre of Excellence in Ireland, one of eight across the globe, provides engineering and research development, customer service, IT and technical support to global EMC offices. The company exports to 140 countries from Ireland.
From Fairhill in Cork City and a graduate of University College Cork, Mr Murphy has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, with a major in accountancy. Following his graduation, he received a Diploma in Computer Science. Mr Murphy first worked at Apple’s Cork facility, before moving to EMC, where he has remained for 20 years.
Bob Savage, Vice President and Managing Director of EMC EMEA Centres of Excellence, said:
“Following 20 years as an integral player at EMC’s Cork campus, Chris has vast experience and skill to bring to this global role. EMC values his immense knowledge of the IT field and his qualities as a leader, and he is considered essential to the success of our global IT strategy.
“His promotion also speaks to the calibre of EMC’s Irish employees, and the importance of Cork to the company’s international business vision. We remain the centre of EMC’s presence in Europe and a major contributor to manufacturing, research and innovation,” said Mr Savage.