Leader Biography

Elder James B. Martino

Elder James B. Martino was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 4, 2009. At the time of his call he had been serving as a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America Southwest Area. Elder Martino has served as a member and president of the Central America Area Presidency and as a member of the Europe East Area Presidency. He is currently serving as president of the Europe East Area.

Elder Martino received a bachelor of science degree in business from Brigham Young University in 1974. After graduation, he began working for Russell-Newman, Inc., an apparel company. He was president and CEO of the company from 1989 to 2000. He served as chairman of the company from 2003 until his retirement in 2009.

Since joining the Church in 1968, Elder Martino has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Guatemala-El Salvador Mission, stake executive secretary, stake Young Men president, seminary teacher, bishop, stake president, and mission president.

James Boyd Martino was born in Denton, Texas, on March 28, 1951. He married Jennie Marie Barron in August 1973. They are the parents of five children.

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