Martyn Edney has more than 25 years of international human resources strategy and operations leadership in multiple industries including consulting, human data science, diagnostics, and technology. Martyn’s core expertise is in talent acquisition and talent management, building performance and capability, evolving culture, and employee engagement within high-growth, complex, and diverse businesses.

Martyn joined the Validant Group from CareDx, an innovative diagnostics and technology company serving the organ transplant community, where he held the position of SVP, Head of Human Resources, based in the Bay Area. Martyn led the reorganization of CareDx for its next phase of evolution, driving over 60% annual headcount growth via a structured and measured talent acquisition strategy, in addition to transitioning the HR function to a focused partnership and delivery model. He defined and implemented a global real estate and facilities strategy that delivered large-scale projects including a CLIA lab expansion, a dedicated R&D facility, and the relocation of the corporate and Midwest hubs. Another key initiative led by Martyn was the re-definition and enhancement of the performance management cycle and the launch of an organizational development framework encompassing LinkedIn learning, management development, coaching, and effective team-building.

Prior to this, Martyn spent 13 years at IQVIA, a global human data science organization, where he held multiple roles in the U.S., Europe, and the U.K. Most recently, Martyn spent six years as the HR Leader for the U.S. & Canada Business Unit based in Philadelphia and New York. During that time, Martyn developed and implemented an HR growth strategy that scaled from $1bn/900 employees to $3.5bn/8,500 employees through organic growth, merger integration of over 2,000 employees, and 16 acquisitions across a multi-dimensional commercial, consulting, technology, data, and clinical business. Under his leadership, the business impact, support capacity, and cost-effectiveness of the HR team increased measurably. Defining and enabling a performance-driven culture, Martyn also led the launch of several significant global employee engagement initiatives for IQVIA: He provided executive leadership and guidance for Employee Resource Groups launched across 100+ countries; created the positioning and approach for Diversity and Inclusion; and oversaw the design, distribution, and output of a global employee engagement survey that connected over 70,000 employees and resulted in the highest participation and engagement rates in company record. Additionally, Martyn developed and led IQVIA’s strategic partnerships with the American Cancer Society and American Heart Foundation, enabling multi-faceted business and employee engagement impact.

Before moving to the U.S., Martyn spent a number of years leading HR for IQVIA across 40+ countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa while based in London, U.K., and Madrid, Spain. In his earlier career, Martyn held HR leadership positions at Expedia, Kraft Foods, and Scoot.  

Martyn is from Oxford, U.K., and now lives in the Bay Area. He studied Human Resources at Oxford Polytechnic and Oxford Brookes University and is currently sitting his Fellowship for the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.