Brian Murphy

Senior Director, Employee Skilling

Since joining Microsoft in 2022 Brian has led efforts to re-imagine career development for Microsoft’s Commercial Sales organisation (60,000 colleagues globally). During a transformative period of change for both Microsoft and its customers, he and his team are supporting colleagues adapt and thrive through by harnessing the power of skills and a pervasive learning culture. This work is critical in helping Microsoft deliver on its mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.   


Previously, Brian was the Global Head of Learning & Enterprise Capabilities at AstraZeneca from 2019 to 2022. He led a CEO-sponsored Learning Transformation programme, built a new Enterprise Learning team, and led the implementation of a new approach to Performance Development which repositioned colleague development and growth as the main engine for business performance. This coincided with a key moment in the company’s history as it sought to develop and manufacture a global vaccine for COVID 19.


Brian Started his career at the global Bank, Citi, where he held a number of global HR Director roles.  From 2014 to 2019 he was the Head of Learning and Leadership Development for Citi in Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Brian is a Fellow of the LPI and a Fellow of the CIPD.