Murray will report to Core-Mark President and Chief Executive Officer Scott McPherson and will be responsible for leading all aspects of Core-Mark’s marketing and category management initiatives.
Murray brings diversified convenience channel experience, having led organizations within both the distribution and retail areas of the industry. He is an innovator, with a proven track record of business success.
“Chris brings tremendous vision around the future of convenience retail along with significant expertise in wholesale distribution, and we are thrilled to have him rejoin to the Core-Mark family,” said McPherson. “In his most recent role with Jacksons Food Stores, Chris demonstrated his ability to drive consistent and meaningful growth in sales and profitability by implementing marketing solutions focused on addressing the changing landscape of consumer preferences and expectations. His skills and experiences, combined with his deep knowledge of Core-Mark and convenience retail, will enable Core-Mark to bring even greater value to our entire customer portfolio.”
Murray started his career with Texaco Refining, and later served with Shell Oil in positions of increasing responsibility in convenience retail sales and marketing.
Most recently, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing for Jacksons Food Stores, a progressive, self-distributing retailer with a chain of over 240 branded convenience stores and 600 dealers in six western states, where he led all aspects of the company’s retail marketing strategy. Additionally, he was the innovator behind the company’s loyalty programs, digital and social media initiatives, and had oversight of the company’s development of its commissary and bakery business.
Prior to joining Jacksons Food Stores in June of 2015, he was CEO of Trinitas Consulting, a consultancy working with convenience retailers and distributors to enhance strategic capabilities and establish competitive advantages through strategic marketing solutions. Prior to this, Murray had a very successful tenure with Core-Mark, serving as the Senior Vice President for the Eastern Region and before that as the Vice President of Marketing.
“We have consistently called out our role and continued priority in providing industry-leading category management solutions to convenience,” said McPherson. “The addition of Chris to our organization, positions us to execute at the highest levels on this key priority, and deliver on our continued commitment to our customers and shareholders.”
Core-Mark is one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. Founded in 1888, Core-Markoffers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions to approximately 44,000 customer locations in the U.S. and Canada through 32 distribution centers (excluding two distribution facilities the company operates as a third-party logistics provider).