Gary Murphy joins AMAWATERWAYS

Gary Murphy

Gary Murphy, former president of Brendan Vacations, has joined river cruise operator AMAWATERWAYS.

Murphy joins AMA’s executive team as vice president of national accounts and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Chatsworth, Calif. He will report to Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AMA.

The move comes two months after Murphy announced that he would be leaving Brendan, a company his father Jimmy Murphy helped found 40 years ago.

Gary Murphy had been president at Brendan since taking over that role from his father in 2000. On June 12, Jimmy Murphy officially retired from Brendan to focus full-time on AMAWATERWAYS, where he serves as chairman. Now, his son has joined him there.

This is the latest in AMA’s recent high profile hiring spree. Following the collapse of Peter Deilmann’s river cruise business, AMA tapped former Deilmann executive Ron Santangelo as vice president of business development in August. In September, Bruce Rosenberg, formerly of Pleasant Holidays, was named vice president of marketing.

AMAWATERWAYS, which operates a fleet of six river cruise ships in Europe, with a seventh slated to launch next year, was co-founded by Jimmy Murphy, Karst and AMA President Rudi Schreiner.