Our CEO & Global CTO
Israel Martinez is recognized as a leader in boardroom Governance, Cyber Risk, Strategy and Innovation by the U.S. Secret Service; the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD®); the Wall Street Journal MarketWatch®, and the Forbes Technology Council. He has served as a director or board advisor across major industries including healthcare; technology, manufacturing, financial services, mid-market, government and international boards. As a boardroom educator, he has recently briefed and/or trained 150+ of the Fortune 500 board members and/or general counsel including Google; Intel; GE; Walt Disney; Microsoft; Ford; Walmart; Comcast; Bank of America; Humana; 7-Eleven and American Bar Association Fellows.
His current responsibilities include Full Board Member, Board Leadership Fellow and Faculty at NACD ®; Industry Advisor to DHS Cyber Storm, a congressionally mandated exercise testing public-private sector continuity in the event of a national cyber crisis; National Conference Chair to HMG Strategy Group, a network of 300K technology executives; Advisory Board Member, American University Kogod Cyber Governance Center serving with peers including Raytheon and FINRA; Chairman of the Global Directors & Officers ISAO; and CEO for Axon Global Services. As CEO of Axon, his leadership team services F500 companies, and the United States Government - Axon is one of three U.S. private sector companies chosen to brief The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) IAP regarding Supply Chain Risk in Hyper-Connected networks. Axon also services U.S. allies such as Japanese industry leaders governing cyber risk and strategy for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Martinez is recognized by the Wall Street Journal® as, “[One of] the most influential, forward-thinking and successful IT Leaders”; HITEC, where he is listed along with others, such as facebook’s CIO, as a Top 100 technology influencer & innovator; the Forbes Technology Council as a contributing editor; and is the recipient of the U.S. Senatorial Medal of Freedom, “the highest award Republican members of the U.S. Senate can bestow [NRSC]”. He’s also been a bipartisan, bicameral advisor in cyber counter-terrorism and defense to Congress; the Presidential Transition Team (2017); The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), office of the CEO; and Co-Founder to the Global Directors & Officers ISAO; the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI); the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility for Fortune 500 Directors (HACR); and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).
His public discourses include, Business Insider; the Huffington Post; American University KCGC in Washington, D.C.; the White House Office of Science, Technology and Policy; PBS-KERA television; The American Bar Association (ABA); Washington & Lee University CLAC conference; the Federal Reserve; Government Security News; the U.S. and U.K. intelligence community; CSO Magazine; Forbes CEO conferences; CIO Magazine; Computer World; The Big Shift in IT Leadership ©; Globes in Tel Aviv Israel; his alma mater, The University of Texas in San Antonio, where he received a B.B.A. in Accounting & Information Systems; and HMG Strategy CIO/CISO conferences, across major cities in the U.S..
He’s a passionate seeker of knowledge recently completing, DHS Cyber Counter Terrorism & Defense certification; business strategy CLE at Harvard; FINTECH blockchain certification at MIT; KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute program; and the NACD Master’s Program - achieving the highest level of credentialing for corporate governance professionals.
His corporate training includes eight years with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), now DXC Technology, as a global account executive with Fortune 100 financial services companies. He has led crisis management teams through the 9-9/11 World Trade Center attack; the Olympic Park Bombing; the 2008 financial crisis; hurricane Harvey 2017; and over 200 advanced cyber-attacks and breaches. He has traveled over 2 million air miles to 20 countries.