Mr. Gross is a Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee of American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS). He founded AMS together with four colleagues in 1970 and has played a principal leadership role in building it into a publicly owned NASDAQ company with 1997 revenues of approximately $900 million. AMS applies information technology to business and management in both the public and private sectors. AMS performs projects all over the world with a professional staff of over 7,000 located in major cities in North America and Europe. Mr. Gross has been a principal executive officer of the firm since its founding; for the past five years, after turning over the firm's management to a successor generation of leaders, Mr. Gross has worked with the firm's major clients, both in advising the clients' senior management and the AMS teams serving them. He also focuses on strategic issues and provides counsel to the top management.
Mr. Gross is the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Baker & Taylor Holdings, Inc., a major distributor of books and videos owned by The Carlyle Group merchant bank. He is a Director of Capital One Financial Corporation, a NYSE company, and of Computer Network Technology Corporation and Landmark Systems Corporation, both NASDAQ companies.
Before founding AMS, Mr. Gross served on the staff of the Secretary of Defense in the Office of Systems Analysis.
Mr. Gross has a long-standing interest in public policy issues. He is a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He has been a member of the Council on Competitiveness for ten years and has served on various of the Council's policy panels. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sloan Foundation-sponsored Computer Industry Project at Stanford University. He is also a member of the Brookings Council of the Brookings Institution.
He has a special interest in public education regarding international affairs and holds a number of leadership positions: Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., which he co-founded in 1980, and Vice Chairman of Youth for Understanding International Exchange, one of the largest student exchange organizations in the world. He is also a Director of the Foreign Policy Association, the Jamestown Foundation, and Council for Excellence in Government. He has been elected a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs, and the Economic Club of Washington.
His other community service includes membership of the Boards of Medlantic Healthcare Group, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and the Sidwell Friends School. He is a Trustee of the Federal City Council.
Mr. Gross received degrees from Stanford University (M.B.A.), University of Michigan (M.S.E.), and Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (B.S.E.). He was selected for membership in Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.