The Newcastle Jets have appointed former Football Federation Victoria boss Mitchell Murphy as their new Chief Executive Officer.
During his tenure at FFV, Murphy delivered a significant turnaround of financial performance, successfully implemented the state’s National Premier League competition, and was a key architect of Melbourne Victory’s Westfield W-League 2014 Grand Final triumph.
Murphy has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from RMIT and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
He has a close affinity to football, with teenage son Samuel a current South Coast regional youth league representative player, while his niece, Matildas’ star Katrina Gorry, is the reigning AFC Women’s Player of the Year.
Newcastle Jets Chairman Nathan Tinkler said he is delighted to secure Mr Murphy’s services.
“Mitchell has immense corporate experience, proven business acumen and brings a first-rate network of high profile contacts to the table,” Mr Tinkler said.
“Mitchell will work tirelessly to interact with the Hunter community and also be a fine ambassador for our club in terms of working closely with sponsors and other key stakeholders.”
Murphy has experience in the FMCG industry and a vast media background, including a decade in senior management roles with Fairfax Media. He is also a former Executive Director (Publishing) of the media industry’s peak industry body, The Newspaper Works.
“The Hyundai A-League continues to go from strength to strength and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the Newcastle Jets,” Murphy said.
“The superb crowds at the recent AFC Asian Cup games played in Newcastle reflects the region’s affection for the world game.
“It’s imperative our club has a strategic mindset and builds a sustainable winning culture both on and off the field.
“We need to focus on the future and not dwell on the past.
“Developing a strong playing roster and forging long-term partnerships with quality sponsors are obviously of paramount importance.
“I’m looking forward to engaging with the Jets’ passionate membership base.
“Seeking feedback from members and fans about ways to improve the match day experience and the design of our playing strip for next season is high on my agenda.
“I’m fully committed to developing cohesive working relationships with Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Northern NSW Football.”
Mr Murphy will officially commence his role with the Jets on Monday 16 February.