Irish edtech Shaw Academy appoints former Virgin head as chairman
Appointment comes as online education startup reports period of substantial growth
Shaw Academy is aiming to teach 500,000 new students a month by December
During his six years leading the company, Mr Murphy oversaw the creation of a number of new businesses, including Virgin America in the US and Virgin Blue in Australia.
Mr Murphy also has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs and scaling consumer orientated businesses having previously chaired the international hospitality group Jumeirah International, the medical software provider, The Learning Clinic, and Byron Hamburgers, a casual dining chain.
The firm, which provides live online course in areas such as IT, business and marketing, employs more than 180 people in Dublin and Bangalore.
Mr Murphy’s appointment as chairman of Shaw Academy coincides with a period of substantial growth for the company, which is aiming to teach 500,000 new students a month by December .