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Doug Murphy takes top spot at Corus

Long-time CEO of the Canadian media giant John Cassaday is retiring. COO and former head of Corus Kids Doug Murphy (pictured) will take over when Cassaday steps down in March.
January 12, 2015

John Cassaday is set to retire as president and CEO of Canada’s Corus Entertainment. Current COO, and former head of Corus Kids, Doug Murphy (pictured), will take Cassaday’s place when he steps down at the end of March.

The succession plans were unveiled by Corus on Monday. Cassaday held the reins at the Canadian media conglomerate for 15 years.

“Under John Cassaday’s strategic leadership, Corus has grown and created a diversified portfolio of powerful brands, encompassing television, radio and content assets which have delivered significant long-term value to shareholders and customers over the past 15 years,” Heather Shaw, executive chair, said in a statement.

Shaw is part of Calgary’s Shaw family, which is the controlling shareholder of Corus.

Murphy has been with Corus for 12 years, and came up through its Nelvana subsidiary. He became head of  Corus Kids TV networks in 2008, before being appointed president of Corus Television in 2010.

In 2013, Murphy was tapped to be COO while adding the company’s radio division to his oversight.

“After 15 years as president and CEO of Corus and with my current contract coming to an end, this is the right time for me to move on to other opportunities knowing that Doug is ready to take on the position,” Cassaday said in his own statement on Monday.

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