Martin Izzard


Martin Izzard, Spark Connected Advisory Board
Martin Izzard, Spark Connected Advisory Board

Martin is a Founder of Barefoot Networks and was its Founding CEO. He is currently taking time off to travel and overhaul bikes and cars.

Martin grew up in Durban, South Africa and holds BS and MS degrees from Natal University in South Africa, and a PhD from Cambridge University, England (Trinity College). He joined Texas Instruments in 1991 where he held a variety of technical and general management roles in both the digital and analog divisions.

He was instrumental in building the TI custom ASIC business in the Datacom and Telecom networking markets. He also ran a business building and selling TI Analog ICs into the same networking space. Before leaving in 2013, he was a TI Vice President and responsible for the R&D Labs chartered with creating opportunities for TI in new markets.

Martin is an alumnus of the Stanford Business School Executive Program (SEP).