Hobart alumni elect retired banking chief to four-year term
(Oct. 27, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–John Ross of New York, N.Y., a member of the Hobart class of 1966, has been elected by fellow alumni to serve on the Board of Trustees of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The retired corporate chief operating officer for the Deutsche Bank Group will serve a four-year term, which began at the fall board meeting this past weekend.
From 1971-1991, Ross worked for The Bank of New York, leaving as executive vice president for global asset and liability management. He was with Deutsche Bank from 1992-2002, retiring as corporate chief operating officer. During his career, he lived a total of 10 years abroad in London, Frankfurt, and Singapore, and spent nearly his entire 30 year career in banking traveling internationally.
Civically active, Ross serves as a board member for The Jewish Museum, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, The German Marshall Fund, Singapore Technologies Advisory Panel and The Development Bank of Singapore. He is the former chairman of The Institute of International Banks, served as board member of The Institute of International Finance, and served on the advisory boards of The Metropolitan Opera and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and The New York City Investment Fund.
As a Hobart student, Ross majored in American history. He was on the Dean's List, played freshman baseball, was photography editor of “The Herald,” and was a representative to the Independent Council. He was also elected to Pi Gamma Mu honorary society. After graduation, he attended the United States Army Officers Candidate School and spent nearly three years in the Army leaving as a 1st Lieutenant. In 1971 he received a MBA from the Wharton School.
President Mark D. Gearan said he looks forward to working with Ross and utilizing the new board member's 30-plus years experience in growth and development strategies.
Ross' term runs through June 2007.