Vice President Legal Affairs and Assistant Corporate Secretary
Marty is a forward-thinking leader who solves complex problems and leads cross-disciplinary teams. He integrates the sound judgment of a proven legal advisor, the strategic outlook of an entrepreneur, and the results-oriented discipline of a senior military professional. As Vice President Legal Affairs at Petco, he collaborates with other senior executives and heads of business units to develop and execute innovative, efficient and cost-effective strategies. Marty is the lead lawyer on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and business development projects. He manages complex litigation and advises on corporate governance matters. Marty also leads the team that provides legal support to Petco’s real estate business.
Prior to joining Petco, Marty had a long career in private practice with Am Law 100 firms representing international companies and boards of directors from the United States, Singapore, Australia, Germany and the Philippines. His practice covered a wide variety of business issues and strategic transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, capital formation and securities offerings, international expansion, technology licensing and corporate governance. Marty regularly served as outside general counsel for many of his clients across various industries. He provided leadership on product development, human resource management, budget and finance matters, joint ventures and intellectual property strategy.
Marty is a mission-oriented leader who leverages his skills and experience, amassed from 29+ years in the United States Marine Corps, to assist clients in accomplishing their strategic vision. He enlisted as a Private and currently holds the rank of Major in the Marine Corps Reserves. He is a combat veteran who served in Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Operations Enduring/Iraqi Freedom. During his military career, he has earned promotions and held leadership positions in every rank structure: junior enlisted; staff non-commissioned officer; warrant officer; and commissioned officer. He has commanded Platoon- and Company-sized units as well as special purpose, task-organized teams and he has held staff billets at the Battalion, Regiment and Expeditionary Force levels.
Marty is a founding officer and member of the Executive Committee of the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE). He also serves as Secretary and Personnel Committee Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, he is an active member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and he is a Past President of the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego.
He earned his J.D. and his B.A. cum laude from the University of San Diego.