Martin KelleherCFO / COO
Martin Kelleher is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer (COO and CFO) at Brooks Bell. In this role he leads the sales and marketing team and oversees finance, legal, IT, and human resources. He is responsible for the company’s growth strategy, financing, and operations.
Martin has spent a significant part of his career scaling companies. Originally from Ireland, he has lived and worked in the UK, France, Rochester, NY, and Boston, MA.
Before joining Brooks Bell, Martin was the general manager for health and wellness digital properties at Sears.com, Kmart.com, and Shopyourway.com.
His experience varies from very large public companies—including Procter & Gamble, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Nortel Networks—to rapidly growing companies such as Monster.com, Sonicbids.com, and DiningIn.com.
He has leveraged his big-company experience by helping smaller, entrepreneurially minded companies and continues to serve as an advisor to several startups.
He has an MBA from Duke University, a BComm from University College Cork in Ireland and is a chartered management accountant (FCMA, UK).
Martin lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife and two sons.
Our Core Values at Work
What’s your favorite way to pursue knowledge?
Traveling to different places, especially foreign counties, makes you learn so much. Overall, I really love leveraging my network to help answer specific issues that I’m struggling to solve.
What’s one true thing about you that not many people know?
I like manual work like gardening. I find it’s a wonderful way to switch off and reconnect.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve jumped out of a plane twice—and both times the plane was perfectly fine!
What makes you a great team member?
I’m an active listener and try to help team members solve problems. Helping each team member to learn by asking the right questions and letting them get the solution is something I love doing.
What are five things that make you happy?
Meeting my family while back in Ireland; walks with my wife, especially on the beach; going out for dinner with my wife and two sons—just us; watching my youngest son play sports, especially soccer; watching Ireland win the World Cup in soccer (OK, that’s a dream, but hey…).