Martin was keen to launch a consultancy specialising in financial services that could adapt to the changing dynamics of the City. He founded Armstrong International in 1989 and has spearheaded its expansion into one of the City’s leading privately-held search businesses. His first client was SG Warburg, and Armstrong International has cultivated this relationship throughout the merchant bank’s transformation into today’s powerhouse: UBS.
Martin is recognised as among the best-connected and most knowledgeable specialists in the financial services industry. He has leveraged his unrivalled contacts book to place former prime ministers and many top CEOs, and also works as a personal career adviser to many other business leaders.
An entrepreneur, he has launched and backed several other businesses specialising in human capital. These include Somerton Partners, Europe’s first advisory business that manages the careers of CEOs of large multinational companies, and Armstrong Bonham Carter, which specialises in corporate governance and the careers of Non-Executive Directors.