President, The UPS Foundation, UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
The UPS Foundation leads the global citizenship programs and initiatives for UPS. As President, Ed Martinez is responsible for the operations and management of its global philanthropic, employee engagement and corporate relations programs. In addition to his role as President of The UPS Foundation, Martinez also serves as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer with responsibilities for the advancement of diversity and inclusion programs which empower over 440,000 UPS employees worldwide including its suppliers, customers and communities at the company.
Mr. Martinez joined UPS in 1976, as a package handler in UPS’s South Florida operation where he subsequently entered the management ranks within 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.
Martinez served as corporate 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.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Martinez served as former Chairperson of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response. Currently he serves on the WEF’s Managing the Risk and Impact of Future Epidemics Steering Committee. Martinez also serves on the UN Global Logistics Cluster’s Logistics Emergency Team Steering Council.
Martinez served as former Chairperson of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response. Currently he serves on the WEF’s Managing the Risk and Impact of Future Epidemics Steering Committee. Martinez also serves on the UN Global Logistics Cluster’s Logistics Emergency Team Steering Council. Serves as Principal, representing UPS on the Corporate Board of Advisors for The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) organization as well as an Executive Advisor Representative to the Points of Light Institutes’ Service Council. Martinez also serves on the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and is Chairperson of its Global Corporate Volunteer Council. Martinez is former co-chair and appointee by the National Academy of Science of its national program, Resilient America. Martinez serves on the international board of UK-based Business In The Community.
Martinez serves on the Executive Committee of IMPACT 2030 a business led coalition to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. He serves on the steering council of the Private Sector Roundtable of the Global Health Security Agenda and on the Board of the United Nations public-private sector coalition innovation incubator, Global Humanitarian Lab. Martinez is on the private sector advisory boards of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Connecting Business Initiative (CBi) and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, ARISE Board. He also serves on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s Mayoral Service Board.
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 and the Hispanic National Bar Association, he is also a member of the Florida Bar.