Agora Publishing has announced plans to create 100 new jobs in the South East over the next three years as part of a major expansion.
The new jobs are to be generated in a new multilingual and technology services centre in Portlaw, about 20 km from Waterford city. At present there are 33 people employed at the Agora subsidiary International Living Publishing Ltd at Elysium House in Waterford city.
Agora, which was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the largest and most successful consumer newsletter publishers in the world.
It consists of 60 subsidiary and affiliated companies which publish specialised information via advisory newsletters, websites and books on a range of topics including retirement, wealth management, equity investments, health, travel and finance.
The group publishes more than 300 books and 120 newsletters with over one million readers globally. Agora companies’ subsidiary operations have offices in London, Paris, Bonn, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo and Mumbai as well as Waterford.
The project is being supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
“ It is an excellent development for Co Waterford and the South East region”
Martin Shanahan, IDA Chief Exective
Ken Murphy graduated from University College Cork in 1987 with an Electrical Engineering degree before moving to the US as a Network Design Engineer with BellSouth Corporation. His return to Ireland in 1989 heralded a career which concentrated on the multinational sector, and involved working with companies such as Apple Computer, Cabletron, FMC Automotive, Moog, General Semiconductor and Technicolor.
Ken is a specialist in quality management, purchasing, logistics and supply chain management. He has significant expertise and experience in managing the changing demands of the global media, electronics and automotive sectors at operational and project management levels.
Ken leads CareerWise Recruitment’s Cork operations. He has served on local and national committees of IPICS (The Supply Chain Management Institute), CIPD, the Cork Electronics Industry Association (CEIA), and has completed a three-year term as Chair of the UCC Alumni Board.
Ken has recently been elected as a Director of the Cork Chamber for a four year term to help promote business and drive policy objectives for the Cork Region
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