Gary Ross has more than 25 years of communications and journalism experience. He has led strategic internal communications programs, national PR campaigns, and corporate social responsibility initiatives for leading organizations. He has served as a trusted communications advisor for senior executives through crisis situations, M&A transactions, labor issues and more. Gary believes that successful strategic internal communications is a win/win/win situation: employees gain a better understanding of why their jobs matter, companies get a more engaged workforce and customers are served by knowledgeable, happier employees.
Gary served as vice president of corporate communications for Fortune Brands Home & Security, the parent company of Moen, Master Lock and other familiar consumer brands. He led external and internal communications for the publicly-traded FBHS as it spun off from its parent company. He drove a national media presence for the firm and developed a new corporate-wide internal communications function.
Prior to joining FBHS, Gary spent 11 years at CDW, a leading provider of technology products and services to business, government, education and healthcare. He led corporate communications at CDW, which included corporate PR, marketing PR, internal communications and community relations. He also served as director of corporate public relations for Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Previously, Gary held a variety of public relations positions, including a post in the Department of University Relations at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Before joining the PR profession, Gary worked as a reporter and substitute anchor for WCBD-TV in Charleston, S.C., 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.
Gary has been a guest speaker on communications issues and corporate social responsibility for such organizations as Northwestern University, DePaul University, The Conference Board, and the Great Place to Work Institute (authors of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list).
Gary is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, a professional association of senior PR and communications leaders. He serves on the communications committee of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and on the advisory board of the Lake County, Ill. chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which provides guidance and support for abused and neglected children. He also serves as the public address announcer for Northwestern University football and men’s basketball.