About Alan Martin
Alan is a highly experienced Management Consultant, former Automotive industry executive and Ph.D. Quantum Chemist. He brings a unique combination of business and scientific expertise to support clients considering investments in Quantum Computing for chemical discovery.
In his Management Consulting career, Alan has led business strategy, M&A, and Innovation Management assignments for more than 50 Clients in the global automotive, consumer and industrial technology sectors. His expertise covers all aspects of the value chain, and he has worked in 27 different countries. Prior to founding his own consulting business, he was a Partner with the consulting firms Accenture and Arthur D Little. He has also worked as an external adviser to Deloitte-Monitor, PwC-PRTM and Huron-Innosight.
He started his Automotive industry career with Ford Motor Company in Europe and was then Chief Strategy Officer for the UK Rover Group, a $6 billion automaker with the Rover, Mini, MG and LandRover brands. He led the assessment of strategic options for the Group and negotiations with 8 potential investors. This resulted in the acquisition of Rover Group by BMW.
Alan has a B.Sc. in Chemistry (1st Class Honours) and Ph.D. in Quantum Chemistry, both from Queen Mary London University, and undertook post-doctoral research in II-VI semiconductor theory. His Ph.D. thesis was in the field of electron spin resonance spectroscopy and, as part of this work, he developed the first mathematical model for calculation of electron densities in molecules using second-order perturbation theory. He wrote the FORTRAN code for the model and performed calculations on molecules up to 23 atoms in size.
His present research interests are in the philosophical foundations of quantum mechanics, and in the potential applications of quantum computing for chemical discovery.