Gary Ross has coached corporate leaders for more than 25 years on communicating effectively and managing through change. Equally adept at working with FORTUNE 500 companies and small non-profits, Gary partners with CEOs, VPs and new leaders to help them communicate their vision, engage teams and position their organizations for success.
Combining C-suite savvy with his experience as a journalist, Gary has led change communications efforts supporting international mergers & acquisitions, corporate culture rollouts, benefits changes and more. He works with leaders to build programs that help employees stay focused on their jobs, minimize the anxiety of change, and maintain productivity levels. Gary has also helped leaders navigate through crises, labor issues and other special situations by keeping an eye on the big picture and leading with a calm hand.
Throughout his career, Gary has worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare (pharmaceuticals, medical devices and health systems), technology, manufacturing, consumer goods, hospitality and higher education. He led corporate communications departments at three major corporations: Fortune Brands Home & Security (the parent company of Moen, Master Lock and other consumer brands), CDW, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Beginning his career as a journalist, Gary was a reporter and substitute anchor for WCBD-TV in Charleston, SC, where he was nominated for an Emmy Award in investigative journalism, traveled overseas with the U.S. military and reported from the eye of Category Four Hurricane Hugo. He began his career at the former WRKL-AM in the New York City area as an anchor and reporter. He has spoken at Northwestern University, DePaul University, The Conference Board, The Federal Communicators Network and the Great Place to Work Institute (authors of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list) on a host of communications and change issues.
Gary is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, a professional association of senior PR and communications leaders. He has served on the communications committee of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and on the advisory board of the Lake County, Illinois chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which provides guidance and support for abused and neglected children. He is also the public address announcer for Northwestern University football and men’s basketball.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and two sons.