Martin P. Slark is Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Molex Incorporated, based in Lisle, Illinois. In his role, he has overall responsibility for the Company’s strategic direction and global execution. When he joined Molex in 1976 as a Sales Office Supervisor in England, the Company had just $40 million in revenue. In its most recent fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Molex had $3.5 billion in revenue.
Martin oversaw Molex’s largest reorganization in 40 years in 2007, when the Company’s structure changed from four geographic regions to three global product divisions supported by a single global sales and marketing division. The reorganization allowed Molex to better leverage its global resources, streamline operations, reduce costs and improve return on invested capital, enhancing the Company’s ability to sell any product, to any customer, anywhere in the world. Martin’s focus on growth has resulted in several strategic acquisitions Molex has made during his tenure as Vice Chairman and CEO that has expanded the Company’s global presence in the medical, industrial and telecommunications markets. His belief in the importance of innovation and global collaboration led to the launch in 2012 of the Company’s Innovation Challenge initiative, which is helping Molex generate new ideas to drive growth beyond its core business. His commitment to quality and operational excellence has allowed Molex to win numerous awards during his tenure, including the prestigious overall Supplier of the Year award from Cisco Systems in 2012.
Martin was responsible for starting Molex entities in Hong Kong, China, India, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand, and served as President of Molex’s Far East South Region from 1988 to 1994, where he was based in Singapore. In 2003, he received a Public Service Medal from the government of Singapore, which recognizes distinguished international friends who have contributed to the nation’s business, industry, technology and science development. Following his time in Singapore, he served as President of the Americas Region from 1994 to 1999; Molex Executive Vice President from 1999 to 2001; and President and Chief Operating Officer from 2001 to 2005 when he assumed his current role.
Martin serves on the board of the Hub Group, Inc., Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and The Northern Trust Corporation, and is Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Landmark School, which serves students with language-based learning disabilities. He is a Companion of the British Institute of Management, and a member of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. He is also a member of the World Presidents’ Organization, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, and the Management Development Institute of Singapore.
Martin completed his undergraduate studies in Electronic Engineering from Bracknell College in the United Kingdom. He also earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Portsmouth University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of East London. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctorate in Business Administration (Hon Causa) by the University of East London.