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Retired President and Former Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
The UPS Foundation
The UPS Foundation leads the global citizenship programs and initiatives for UPS. As President, Ed Martinez was responsible for the operations and management of its global philanthropic, employee engagement and corporate relations programs which invested in over 4,300 organizations and communities across 170 countries in 2019. In addition to his role as President of The UPS Foundation, Martinez also served as the UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer with responsibilities for the advancement of diversity and inclusion programs which empower over half a million UPS employees worldwide including its suppliers, customers and communities at the company.
Martinez served as corporate legal counsel in the UPS Legal Department until 2007, where his legal practice included commercial transactions, intellectual property and information technology matters, as well as civil litigation. Prior to assuming the position as President, he served as Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations for The UPS Foundation.
Mr. Martinez joined UPS in 1976, as a package handler in UPS’s South Florida operation where he subsequently entered the management ranks within the company’s operations and the Industrial Engineering functions. Martinez later held senior management positions in the areas of Corporate Accounting and Finance, Risk Management, and Acquisitions. In these capacities, he also served UPS’s subsidiaries and International Region.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Martinez served as former Chairperson of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response. He also served on the WEF’s Managing the Risk and Impact of Future Epidemics Steering Committee. Martinez served on the UN Global Logistics Cluster’s Logistics Emergency Team Steering Council and on the executive committees of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Coordination Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Connecting Business Initiative and the Global Health Security Agenda’s Private Sector Round Table. Martinez was the executive representative on the Global Humanitarian Action Executive Council under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy and the Global Advisory Board of the UN Global Executive Leadership Initiative. Martinez is a member of the World Food Programme USA Board of Directors.
Martinez served as Principal, representing UPS on the Corporate Board of Advisors for UnidosUS organization as well as member of the Points of Light Institutes’ Corporate Service Council. Martinez also served as Advisor to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE). Martinez is former co-chair and appointee by the National Academy of Science of its national program, Resilient America. Martinez served on the International Leadership Board of UK Business in The Community organization. Martinez also served on the Executive Committee of IMPACT 2030, a business led coalition to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Martinez is a member of the Clemson University Corporate Chief Diversity Officer Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodruff Art Center of Georgia.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Martinez immigrated to the United States with his family in 1960. He has lived in Atlanta since 1992, with his wife and three children.
Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Miami, Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the Nova Southeastern University Law School. A member of the American Bar Association, he is also a member of the Florida Bar.