Murray serves on the Company’s executive committee, and oversees a network of Human Resources professionals to drive engagement and strengthen capabilities across all functions. During her tenure, Murray has built strong partnerships with brand leaders to ensure Condé Nast retains its position as an employer of choice and a place for dynamic talent in the competitive world of media. She leads the development and execution of human resource strategies to support the company’s organizational priorities, including talent acquisition, learning and development, compensation, and change management initiatives. Murray is a strategic business leader with more than 20 years of experience in implementing best-in-class solutions spanning multiple industries — including media, consumer packaged goods, and business services. Before joining Condé Nast, Murray was chief human resources officer at the Readers Digest Association. As a member of the executive committee, she led the development and delivery of a top global human resources function. She has also held executive positions at Cadbury Schweppes PLC and in the executive search industry, and began her career in human resources with the Pepsi-Cola Company. Murray is a passionate advocate for the education and empowerment of young women. She is also actively involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is a volunteer for St. Judes and the American Cancer Society.
“He’s exactly as compassionate, patient, loving, and understanding as he seems,” she writes of Legend in the women’s glossy. “I’m grateful for the people around me. John has been incredible over the last nine months, bringing me my medicine and watching horrible reality TV with me. He is not the goofiest guy, but he has gone out of his way to indulge my sense of humor. When I was having a good day, he would go to Medieval Times with me and put on the crazy period hat! He sees how much my eyes light up when he does that stuff, and he knows that’s what I need. I know he must look over at times and think: My God, get it together. But he has never made me feel that way. He wants me to be happy, silly, and energetic again, but he’s not making me feel bad when I’m not in that place.”
It is evident that magazines
for young men do include stereotypical images of both men and women. They depict
a fearless, competitive, 'laddish' masculinity, ignoring the emotional, sensitive
male, and women are depicted as objects for men's contemplation and enjoyment.
But it should be remembered that Stereotypes can be seen as an unavoidable part
of mass media representation. Further these magazines are merely trying to entertain
the reader, they are not seriously on a crusade to return to a pre-feminist ideal,
or to harm anyone in an attempt to provide entertainment. Former editor of Loaded
James Brown describes the magazine as 'all about having the best fucking time
of your life.'  Further, the inclusion of sexist material and stereotypical
images are enjoyable to the reader but are not likely to change their attitudes
towards society. The readers have the power to reject such material and are able
to make their own, individual meanings from the messages within men's magazines.
Therefore, men's magazines can be seen merely as entertainment for, and an escape
for, the heterosexual male.