Murphy's Moore Still Young, but Soon a Retiree


Murphy's Moore Still Young, but Soon a Retiree

John A. Moore, the Murphy USA senior vice president and general counsel, announced his retirement last month. It just didn’t generate headlines.

The gasoline and convenience retailer reported his plans through corporate communications in June, and Moore’s quarter-century career at Murphy USA and Murphy Oil Corp. will quietly come to a close July 31.

“I plan to slow down, spend more time with family and continue to support my church, Immanuel Baptist here in El Dorado,” Moore told Whispers.

A Ouachita Baptist University graduate and University of Arkansas Law School-trained attorney, Moore is just 54 years old.

Moore joined Murphy Oil in 1995 and was part of the executive team that made the transition to Murphy USA after the retailer spun off from the petroleum company in August 2013.

“The operations people were already in place because Murphy Oil operated Murphy USA as a subsidiary for many years prior to the spinoff,” Moore recalled.

The subsidiary started building its fuel kiosks outside Walmart superstores in 1996, the first in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“The company really grew exponentially in the early 2000s,” Moore recalled. “At one point, we were building 110, 120 stations a year with Walmart.”

A few years after the spinoff, “Walmart sent us a letter and said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna start building our own gas stations.’”

Murphy USA adjusted, sticking with a focus on selling low-cost gasoline, along with some convenience items. “We sell a lot of gas, really more than twice the industry average as far as monthly volumes at each station,” Moore said.

Murphy USA CEO Andrew Clyde clocks in at No. 10 on this week’s list of the highest-paid public company executives in Arkansas, with total compensation last year of $8.24 million. (See Walmart Reigns in Net Income, Executive Pay.) Moore’s compensation of $1.45 million ranked 42nd.