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MINNEAPOLIS-Locally-based Ryan Cos. US Inc. has hired Brian Murray to fill the roll of CFO. Murray will take the position vacated by Tim Gray who is transitioning into the role of vice chairman.

“When anyone new joins Ryan, regardless of level, we carefully consider how they will embrace and enhance our culture, which is rooted in four values: service, character, spirit and intelligence,” says Pat Ryan, president and CEO. “Brian has demonstrated these values throughout his career, holding himself to the highest standard of leadership. We are pleased to welcome Brian into the Ryan family.”

Murray has more than 20 years of financial experience in both the public and private sector. He was first employed at Arthur Andersen and then took a job at UnitedHealth Group. While with UnitedHealth Murray works in a number of different positions, most recently as the CFO of two operating divisions. Murray is now coming off of a four year sabbatical, in which he spent time giving back through leadership roles for a variety of non-profits.

“I am excited to join a company that has such a great reputation for delivering service and value to its customers,” Murray says. “Ryan is well-respected for providing successful, full-service construction and real estate solutions by collaborating with customers and communities. I am excited to bring my collaborative skills to this fantastic team and help the company continue its long legacy of success.”

For his part, Gray first started at Ryan in 1969 as controller and later became the company’s CFO. His new position as vice chairman is not a move away from the company, according to officials.

“Tim isn’t going away. He is assuming more of an ownership role which is vital since we lost our partner and friend Jim this past spring,” says partner Pat Ryan. CEO Jim Ryan passed away in May after a 10-month battle with melanoma. The CEO was 66 years old at the time.

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