Sharkey joins from Smithfield Consultants where he was a director. This marks the first appointment as part of the agency’s expansion from its Dublin base.
As business development director, he will lead the agency's UK work and is set to be joined by "two or three" new staff in London over the coming six to 12 months, said Murray MD Pat Walsh.
Pointing to a client list that includes Deloitte and Glanbia, Walsh added: "The establishment of our London office will enhance the reach of our services to existing and potential blue chip clients and meet increasing demand for bespoke PR support in Dublin and London."
Sharkey has 30 years’ experience in the communications industry, having previously been a founding director of Ludgate Communications, a partner at Luther Pendragon and CEO of Redleaf Polhill.
He specialises in issues management, senior counsel, media relations and messaging in the financial services and corporate areas.