Breather taps former mattress startup executive for CEO role

Founding CEO Julien Smith vacated the position in September

TRD New York /
Jan.January 18, 2019 01:45 PM

Bryan Murphy and Julien Smith (Credit: LinkedIn and My Morning Routine)

About four months after Breather CEO Julien Smith abruptly stepped down from his position as CEO, the flexible office space company has appointed his replacement.

Bryan Murphy, a former eBay executive, has been named to the Montreal-based company’s top post.

“It’s become clear to me that bringing on an executive with experience growing businesses to global magnitude would be the best thing for Breather,” said Smith, who remained chairman of the company’s board.

Smith’s decision to step down as CEO came just months after the Montreal-based company raised $45 million in a funding round led by Menlo Ventures, bringing the company’s total funding close to $120 million.

The company now occupies more than 500 spaces in 10 cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London. About 150 of those spaces are located in New York City.

Murphy first joined eBay as a vice president when his auto-parts e-commerce company, WHI Solutions, was sold to the e-commerce giant in 2012. Most recently, Murphy was founder and president of a mattress startup, Tomorrow Sleep.

Former eBay managers have been hot commodities in the real estate tech world lately. Last month, real estate VR firm Matterport tapped the eBay’s former chief product officer RJ Pittman to be its new CEO.


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