CAREER IN A CAPSULE
While his adventure on the oil rig might have helped shape the man he
would become, the direction of his career took a sharp turn away from
manual labour. Always interested in fashion, Murry worked in a men’s
store after school and during summers throughout high school and
college, where he majored in psychology and minored in marketing.
He began his official career at Head Ski and Tennis Wear, an
active apparel company, starting in sales and ending up in mer-chandising.
From there, he moved on to a large women’s apparel
company called College Town (now Intuitions). It was there that
he got his “PhD in the apparel industry.”
“The CEO recognized potential in me and hoped that, over
time, I could replace him. He gave me the opportunity to go from
department to department and do nothing but learn for a year,”
He learned the ins and outs of merchandising, manufactur-ing,
finance and distribution before ultimately deciding to move
on to become president of Tahari, a women’s clothing company.
After seven years, he was recruited to join Calvin Klein, where he
worked for 17 years, primarily in the role of CEO.
WHY THE RIGHT FIT MATTERS
Murry recognized early on the importance of the right fit. “In
order to be successful, you’ve got to feel good about the work you
do and look forward to your workdays. It’s also helpful to be part
of a team you enjoy working with,” he said.
hr career path
Murry worked at Tahari seven years before being
recruited to join Calvin Klein, where he worked
for 17 years, primarily in the role of CEO
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