Martin started his career in advertising at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) where he received his degree as graphic designer. After that he went on to work for various creative advertising agencies as Art Director/Creative Director in Switzerland and New York. In 2002, together with his business partner Peter Felser, he founded the agency Spillmann/Felser/Leo Burnett, which became one of Switzerland‘s leading advertising agencies, both in size and reputation. In 2013 the agency made a name change to Leo Burnett Schweiz AG, and with that Martin took on a new position in the Leo Burnett Network as Executive Creative Director for Leo Burnett Europe. The following year Martin started his own boutique shop: Spillmann/Creative/Direction.
Martin is a Board member of SERVICEPLAN Suisse AG and a Board Member and former President of ADC Switzerland and the Art Directors Club of Europe. Besides that he is a lecturer at the ADC/BSW-Creative School, Zurich. Martin has judged and won all major awards, including the Cup, Gold at the Cannes Lions, Clios and the Art Directors Club of Europe.