R. Martin Chavez
R. Martin Chavez, Ph.D.
R. Martin (“Marty”) Chavez is widely renowned as a trailblazer and leader who turned the Wall Street trading business into a software business, revolutionizing the way that capital moves and works. He is a Partner and vice chairman of Sixth Street, where he works on research and development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; the sourcing engine; and the More Than Capital business, driving deeper engagement with the portfolio companies. Before joining Sixth Street, Chavez served in a variety of senior roles at Goldman Sachs, including chief information officer, where he oversaw the firm’s 9,000 engineers; chief financial officer; and global co-head of the firm’s Securities (now Global Markets) Division. Chavez was also a partner and member of the Goldman Sachs management committee.
Beyond finance, Chavez has long held a passion for converging the life sciences and software, and has an eye for new applications of AI and technology that will transform industries. Since retiring from Goldman Sachs, Chavez has served as an advisor and board member to multiple startups and projects that are accelerating breakthroughs in their fields.
Chavez chairs the Board of Directors of Recursion, a digital biology company industrializing drug discovery by harnessing the power of cloud-based machine learning models. He advises numerous other companies, including block.one, a leading blockchain developer; Cambrian Biopharma, a distributed drug discovery company developing medicines to extend healthy lifespans; Earli, which delivers new technologies for identifying and localizing early-stage cancers; and Ketch, which delivers responsive infrastructure for compliance and data security.
Chavez serves as an advisor or board member to Abacus.AI, an AI startup developing new approaches to deep learning; the global bank, Grupo Santander, where he chairs the Board Innovation and Technology Committee; and the Digital Dollar Project, a partnership between Accenture and the Digital Dollar Foundation to advance exploration of a United States Central Bank Digital Currency.
Chavez serves on the Stanford Medicine Board of Fellows and the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Previously, he served on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University (and as president for the 2020-2021 academic year). He also served on the board of directors of the Institute for Advanced Study, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), Paige.AI, PNM Resources, Inc., and Sema4. A passionate patron of the arts, he has served on the boards of the Friends of the High Line, amFAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research), and the Santa Fe Opera.
He holds an A.B. (1985) magna cum laude in biochemical sciences and an S.M. (1985) in computer science from Harvard, and a Ph.D. (1990) in medical information sciences from Stanford (Architectures and Algorithms for Probabilistic Expert Systems).