Martin Swarbrick is an experienced Chief Executive Officer, C-Level advisor, Executive Coach, and Corporate Director who has led large global organizations and mid-sized private companies in high technology, engineering and manufacturing in the U.S. and Europe. His strategic acumen and deep grounding in the disciplines of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award have enabled him to successfully transform business models, operating processes and organizational structures that increase stakeholder value in periods of stagnation, growth, and market upheaval. He is a Certified Exit Planner.
Following his 1979 graduation from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland with degrees in Engineering and Mathematics, Martin began his career with GE. In 1986 he was recruited by Kodak to lead Verbatim operations in Europe, a global technology company that produced highly engineered products for Microsoft and other market leaders. He began his career with Motorola’s Commercial, Government, and Industrial Solutions Sector (now Motorola Solutions) in 1990 as VP and General Manager of a Greenfield operation that grew quickly under his leadership. He continued with Motorola CGISS moving with his family to Chicago in 1998 until 2007 during which time he implemented a rigorous global strategic and operations framework based on the Baldrige criteria that impacted 14K employees in 21 facilities and businesses serving 27 million users in 170 countries around the world. The organization received the National Malcolm Baldrige award in 2002 in recognition of the demonstrated performance excellence.
In 2007 he was recruited to lead Bison Gear and Engineering Corporation, a private family engineering and manufacturing company, where he served as President and CEO until 2016. He joined Prolink Investment Inc., as a senior Partner in 2016. ProLink Investment Inc., is a boutique consulting and Investment Company. He was chairman of the Management Association of Illinois (now HR Source) until 2018 and served on the board for 6 years. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.