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Meet Stephen Murphy: Epicor's Next CEO

Stephen Murphy earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from University of California, Davis.
<p>Stephen Murphy earned&nbsp;an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from University of California, Davis.</p>

Epicor Software Corp. has named Stephen Murphy the company's new CEO, replacing Joe Cowan, who will retire at the end of October 2017.

Cowan, who has served as both CEO and president, says, “Over the past four years, we have built a strong executive management team with a mix of proven industry leaders from inside and outside of the organization.

“I’m proud of our accomplishments enhancing the customer experience, delivering high quality solutions that empower our customers around the world to grow business, and the many milestones achieved on our cloud transformation journey. I am confident that the board, the team and Stephen will continue to drive Epicor to new heights.”

Murphy is the former president of OpenText, a $2 billion information management company where Epicor says he was instrumental in the completion and integration of four major acquisitions. His career spans more than 20 years in the technology sector including sales and operations leadership positions at Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and Manugistics, as well as manufacturing and distribution experience leading global logistics and supply chain strategy and major enterprise resource planning implementations with Accenture and Procter & Gamble.

Murphy says, "Epicor is poised for greatness — with a strong global team of more than 3,700 employees all focused on the customer experience and delivering innovative products, services and support that enable businesses to grow with ease. Together, we have an amazing opportunity ahead to build on our customer-centric culture of growth and take the company to the next level of success."

Joe Cowan brought an engineering mind to Epicor, as he earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in engineering.
<p>Joe Cowan brought an engineering mind to Epicor, as he earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in engineering.</p>

“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Joe for his four years of distinguished service to Epicor and support in this transition,” says Herald Chen, chairman of the Epicor board of directors. “As we look toward the next phase of growth for the company, we are pleased to have Stephen join the Epicor team. He brings a strong customer-centric orientation, a growth mindset, and a proven track record of leadership.”

 For more information, visit www.epicor.com.

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