Jack Martin is the Global Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a strategic communications firm with 87 offices in 49 countries. H+K clients constitute over half of the Fortune Global 500 list.
Martin epitomizes Hill+Knowlton’s commitment to providing trusted advice and expertise at the highest corporate levels by maintaining an active role in client service, and personally managing communications for leaders at some of the world’s largest corporations.
Martin pioneered a new model in business advisory consulting, trademarked as the “Fifth Seat.” This philosophy focuses on the importance of public trust to a company’s corporate success. It holds that because the public has access to more information than ever before, and less need for intermediate institutions, companies should devote the same C-suite attention to their interactions with the public that they do to concerns regarding law, banking, management consulting and accounting. Before assuming his current role, Martin served as founding chairman of Public Strategies, Inc., which was acquired by London-based WPP in 2006.
Since 2011 Martin has consistently been named annually to PRWeek’s Power List, a ranking of the 50 most influential figures in the field of communications. In 2014, Martin was inducted into the PR News Hall of Fame as a “pioneer in public relations” who has left a “lasting mark” on the industry.
Martin, a 5th generation Texan, has a long history in politics and civic engagement. He was a student leader at Southwest Texas State in San Marcos in the early 1970s where he served as the chairman of the student Senate. During that time Martin began his political activity in numerous local races in the San Marcos area. He was subsequently elected President of the Texas Students Association, a statewide leadership group of student body presidents from Texas colleges and universities. In 1991, Martin was named a Distinguished Alumni from Southwest Texas State University.
His long time association with U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, which began in 1975, markedly shaped Martin’s career. He served as Senator Bentsen’s executive assistant in the U.S. Senate and campaign manager of two of his two last re-election campaigns. Martin pioneered cutting-edge campaign techniques that resulted in record-setting outcomes in both of Bentsen’s re-election campaigns.
In 1989, Martin served as senior advisor to the Democratic National Committee and U.S. Senate Democratic Committee. In 1990, Martin was the primary consultant for Ann Richards’ successful race for Texas governor and for Bob Bullock’s successful campaign for Texas Lt. Governor. Martin was Chairman of Governor-elect Ann Richards’ Transition Committee. In 1994, Governor-elect George W. Bush and Lt. Governor Bob Bullock appointed Martin Co-Chair of the Texas Inaugural Committee.
Martin’s commitment to public service extends far beyond politics. In 2010, Martin was honored by the prestigious Center for Public Policy Priorities for his lifelong civic leadership. Martin was previously chairman of Texas State University System’s Board of Regents, and has been on the boards of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. He currently serves on the boards of Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor Scott & White Health. In his career, he has received gubernatorial appointments to positions in public service from four Texas governors from both sides of the aisle.
Jack is married to Patsy Woods Martin. The Martins actively carry on the grand Texas ranching traditions that have been a part of both of their families for generations. Their JPM Ranch Company currently owns the Mallard Creek Ranch in Montague, Texas and the Open C Ranch in Forestburg, Texas. They raise Black Angus cattle and Quarter Horses. The Martin’s are proud members of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers, Texas Farm Bureau, and the American Quarter Horse Association.