On November 30, 2008, Martin retired as Chairman, Asia of executive search consultants Spencer Stuart & Associates, after over 16 years with the firm. Prior to Spencer Stuart, Martin ran another international executive search firm in Hong Kong. He was an Executive Director of Techno-Ventures (Hong Kong) Ltd., a leading venture capital firm from 1986-1988. Early in his career, he was with the Bank of America in San Francisco and Taiwan. He then worked as an Executive Director of the publicly-listed South Sea Textile Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in Hong Kong and Indonesia.
His recruiting expertise was broadly-based and spanned senior-level and chief executive assignments in the public and private sectors, banking and commerce.
Martin is a Presidential Councillor and trustee emeritus of Cornell University. He is a Member of the MIT Corporation and was the 112th President of the MIT Alumni Association in 2006-7. Martin was appointed by the Hong Kong Government to a number of positions: Professional Services Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (2005-9) and the University Grants Committee (2002-8). In early 2012, Martin was asked to join the UGC’s Financial Affairs Working Group. For six years he was a Council Member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and was subsequently a member of the University Court. From 2013 to June 2015 he was Vice Chairman of Council of HKUST.
Martin is a director of three publicly-listed companies: Li & Fung Ltd, Hong Kong; China NT Pharma, Hong Kong and CEI Contract Manufacturing Ltd, Singapore. He was formerly Chairman of Midas Printing Group Ltd and a director of Tristate Holdings Ltd, both listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. He was a Committee Member and past President of the German Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong and served on the Asia Society’s Hong Kong Center’s Advisory Council. He is a trustee of the World Wide Fund for Nature – Hong Kong and is on the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement Hong Kong.
He holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.Sc from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A citizen of Ireland, he is resident in Hong Kong.