Robert (Rob) C. Martens

Rob Martens is senior vice president and chief innovation and design officer for Allegion.

In this role, he leads Allegion’s strategic partnering, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), innovation and design efforts in support of the company’s broader innovation and growth strategy. Rob also serves as Allegion’s futurist, founder of direct-to-consumer innovation engine Pin & Tumbler Studio, and president of Allegion Ventures, the company’s corporate venture capital fund.

Rob is sought frequently as a commentator, advisor and keynote speaker on emerging technology, corporate innovation and venturing. Numerous tech curators have named Rob as one of the world’s top influencers in the Internet of Things (IoT). Notable lists include: Inc. “20 influencers who will lead the Internet of Things”; Accenture and Forbes “40 IoT leaders to follow on social media”; and MarkTechPost “Top IoT influencers to follow.” 

His industry sector experience includes industrial, consumer residential, aerospace, government, transportation, education, medical and energy. Rob joined Allegion in 2014, as futurist and director of connectivity platforms, later becoming its vice president of strategy and platforms. Prior to joining Allegion, he was corporate CIO for Carpenter Technology Corporation, as well as CIO for Ingersoll Rand’s Security Technologies Sector.

Rob has extensive experience as a board member, and currently serves on the board of directors (BOD) of popular startups Yonomi (Boulder, Colorado/Austin, Texas) and VergeSense (San Francisco, California). Rob is also a BOD member of Indianapolis, Indiana based TechPoint. Previously, he served as a board member for Idenhaus and advisor for Land O’Lakes. 

Rob is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was also a Division I athlete.He holds certificates from Harvard Business School's executive programs on digital leadership and organizational transformation and M&A, and holds multiple patents related to his work in the IoT and Pin & Tumbler Studio.