Chatham University

Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

Melissa Murphy

Vonda Wright, MDMelissa Murphy Brown is Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs/Human Resources of StarKist Co. Her career in public relations began shortly after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and minors in Business, Communications, and English Literature.

She gained valuable experience in the consumer packaging goods industry at several public relations firms before becoming Vice President, Group Manager of Ketchum Public Relations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1995. Melissa managed Ketchum’s Brand and Food & Nutrition Practice areas, developing new product launch campaigns, coordinating special events, and monitoring several brands, including StarKist and other Heinz Brands.

In 2003, Melissa made the move to Del Monte Foods to become Vice President, Corporate Communications. She built the Del Monte brand both internally and externally, developing a new mission and vision for the Company and leading employee communications. Melissa managed the launch of StarKist Tuna Creations while leading brand media strategies and relations for Del Monte Foods.

Melissa joined StarKist in 2008 as the Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs/Human Resources where she oversees government relations, human resources, media relations and consumer affairs.