The next season the revitalised Magpies went within a kick of winning the premiership.
His business reputation grew when he was Levi Strauss managing director at the start of the 2000s and then group CEO of Independent Liquor before he began as an entrepreneur that parlayed into investing in philanthropic works through his organisation PAN Australia Group which funds and adds intellectual capital to support projects that make a difference.
He chaired the Global Citizen project which devoted to eradicating extreme poverty telling the ABC last year “if we can come together we can solve these issues” an outlook the Magpies are hoping others will adopt as they look to accept the recommendations of the Do Better report and is now co-chair of The House of Mandela Freedom Project.
Known as someone who doesn’t suffer fools but listens carefully to those within organisations, Murphy was also president of the Camberwell Cricket Club for four years last decade with a source from the club saying he proved then he was well suited to an even bigger organisation such as Collingwood.
He has a strong relationship with fellow board member and former Magpie midfielder Paul Licuria.
Mark Korda’s expertise is insolvency.
He began as someone who could clean up unwanted disasters after 24 years at Arthur Andersen when he co-founded KordaMentha with Mark Mentha, a advisory and investment business that specialises in restructuring and administration of businesses.
He led the way in the administration of Ansett and restructuring Channel Ten and Arrium where he picked up the pieces of broken organisations, saving Channel Ten through their sale to CBS and Arrium, a business vital to the survival of Whyalla in South Australia, when it was sold to Liberty House GFG.
The business was also an advisor to Bain when that company was bidding for Virgin Airlines with Bain astutely choosing the Ansett administrators to assist them in what became a successful bid.
Collingwood’s move to have the pair share the seat on an interim basis leads to one of two obvious conclusions with the first being a potential uncertainty in which of the two candidates are most suitable.
The second prospect is that the decision represents an adherence to process – not something always evident at Collingwood – as they canvass external candidates in a process board member Christine Holgate will chair.
Korda has wanted the top job at Collingwood for some time having been on the board since 2007, and is regarded as a disciplined operator with the ability to make hard decisions common to restructuring professionals.
The pair will need all those skills as they take on the club facing a moral debt as they attempt to implement the 18 recommendations that flowed from the Do Better report that found the Magpies needed to address the systemic racism within their culture.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.