Global blueberry breeding and nursery company, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, has announced that Kevin Murphy has joined its professional board of directors.
Fall Creek, a family-owned company, has been expanding its professional board of directors from entirely family shareholders to include perspectives from external industry leaders with a wide range of business expertise.
Murphy is the fifth non-family board member joining Mark Frandsen, Elin Miller, Ulrich Pilz and Roland Wolfram. This increases the size of the Fall Creek board to nine individuals.
Most recently, Murphy served as chief executive officer of Driscoll’s, a fourth-generation family berry business with worldwide operations, before retiring in 2018 after 13 years in the company’s leadership.
Prior to Driscoll’s, Murphy held multiple leadership roles spanning all areas of the supply chain including process improvement, marketing, innovation, and management at produce companies such as Capurro Farms, Fresh Express Farms and TransFRESH Corporation.
Dave Brazelton, co-founder and board chair of Fall Creek, said the company placed great value in the contributions of its outside board members.
“We’re excited to welcome Kevin to our board and know his expertise will enrich our already strong team,” said Brazelton.
“Having spent his entire career in produce, he brings tremendous experience in growing companies that will help us continually expand and improve our ability to help create a world with better blueberries for our customers and the entire industry.”
Murphy said during his time at Driscoll’s he had enjoyed working closely with Fall Creek and had always admired the company.
“Fall Creek has a strong position in a growing industry, and I look forward to working with them to evaluate their strategic options and continue their impressive trajectory of growth and success,” Murphy said.
In addition to this new role, Murphy is currently advising Temasek, a sovereign wealth fund based in Singapore, providing strategic insights related to their food and agricultural investments.
He also serves on the boards of directors for Graniterock, a large infrastructure and construction contractor in California, the Business School at California State University-Monterey Bay, and, in an advisory board role with Zespri.