Martin Baker


Martin Baker has been in the executive search profession for 19 years and is based in our Winston-Salem, NC office.  Martin is a Managing Partner of Buffkin/Baker and is the Head of the Higher Education Practice.

He previously worked in the Atlanta office of Korn/Ferry International, where he developed search strategy and executed searches for numerous senior level appointments.  He began his career working as a Research Associate with Saxton Bampfylde, an executive search and management assessment firm in London, England.

Martin has conducted searches for the positions of CEO, CFO, CIO, Provost, Dean, Director, and Professor, having worked on over 350 searches throughout his career.  Martin has recently represented a number of AAU institutions, land-grant universities, liberal arts colleges, and regional universities, where he has led numerous mid and senior level searches spanning most functions and academic disciplines.

Martin currently serves on both the Alumni Council and the Greek Alumni Board at Wake Forest University.  He previously served on the Board of Directors of SciWorks (The Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County in Winston-Salem), the regional selection committee for the Presidential Scholarship at Wake Forest University, and the Development Committee for the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem.

Martin earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.