Ross has had a long and successful career managing some of Australia's most successful corporations. He was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tabcorp between 1994 and 2002, and prior to this was CEO of Southcorp. He held this position from 1987, and under his stewardship the company moved from being a relatively small brewing and packaging company, to one of Australia's largest publicly listed manufacturers. Ross has also worked for the Federal Government in such areas as Treasury, the Bureau of Transport Economics, and the Committee on Foreign Takeovers. He was educated at Monash University, graduating as a Bachelor of Economics with Honours and gaining a Master's Degree in Administration. Other key roles have included Chairman of the Australian Gaming Council, and a member on both the Business Council of Australia and the Council of Swinburne University of Technology. Today Ross and his wife Robyn currently own and run Medhurst Wines in the Yarra Valley. Planted in 2000, Medhurst Wines produce Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.