Robert Gross has served on the boards of directors and as a senior executive for several large financial institutions and is nationally recognized in the United States, as an expert and educator in corporate governance matters, including board composition and structure, board and executive compensation, risk oversight, strategy and planning and board procedures. Since 2009 he has been serving as an adjunct faculty member at Westminster College, where he teaches effective corporate governance and leadership practice and dispute resolution at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. He was the Chairman and President of the First Interstate Bank from 1991 to 1996 and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Healthcare Bank from 2006 to 2008.
Mr. Gross was Chief of Staff to Utah Governor Michael Leavitt from 1997 to 1998 and worked as a senior attorney and practice group chair at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, PC, in Salt Lake City from 2005 to 2006. From 1996 to February 2002, he served as the executive director of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services and led the consolidation of six state agencies into a single national agency, consisting of over 2,500 employees. Under the appointment of the White House, Mr. Gross served in Iraq as a senior government advisor from January to July 2004, providing technical, policy and governance advice to the interim Iraqi government. In 2008, Mr. Gross established Robert C. Gross Associates, a board and leadership advisory and conflict resolution-consulting firm. Mr. Gross received a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree from Utah State University in 1972; a Juris Doctorate with distinction from Ohio Northern University in 1979 and an honors graduate degree in 1988 from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.