BREAKING NEWS: Jim Murphy leaves Hardy North America
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Jim Murphy, one of the most prominent figures in the fly-fishing industry, has resigned from his position as President of Hardy North America.
Murphy was a central figure in the transition process following his company’s acquisition by Pure Fishing in the summer of last year and was due to relocate from Hardy’s headquarters in Lancaster, PA, to Pure Fishing’s facility in Columbia yesterday.
Instead, he handed in his resignation, effectively immediately. His departure comes just weeks after Pure Fishing’s International Group President, Alistair Thorburn, announced his retirement.
Speaking exclusively to Angling International earlier today, Murphy said that he had been exhausted by the efforts of building the Hardy & Greys brand in the US in recent years and by the transitional process following Hardy’s purchase.
“It has been quite a ride emotionally and I feel it’s time to withdraw a little and put some space between the recent past and what I do next. I need to decompress and get some perspective,” he said.
“I have other options and I will be back in the industry in some capacity at some point. But right now I am happy serving behind the counter of my son’s tackle shop in Florida.”
Murphy has lived in Stuart, Florida, for 22 years and has been commuting to Lancaster for the last five years. The former founder and president of Albright Tackle in New York, he has occupied a number of other senior roles in the fly fishing sector.
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