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Mr. Ross is the former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Safeway Inc. He was responsible for Safeway's legal affairs in the United States and Canada, and oversaw the security, risk management, and environment, health and safety divisions. He was also responsible for the company's compliance programs.
During his tenure, he successfully managed Safeway's acquisitions of The Vons Companies, Inc., Dominick's Supermarkets, Inc., Carr-Gottstein Foods, C., and Randall's Food Markets, Inc. After his retirement, he consulted with the company for several years on major M&A initiatives, including the successful management of the acquisition of Genuardi's Family Markets, Inc.
Mr. Ross has taught practical M&A seminars for many years at the University of Virginia and Berkeley law schools. He has also been teaching practical ethics seminars at both institutions for several years. He serves on the National Advisory Board of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life at the University of Virginia, and is a member of the ABA Business Law Committee on Corporate Compliance. He is a perennial member of panels on such topics as M&A, D&O Insurance, Ethics and the Corporation, and Financial and Legal Risk Management at Stanford Law School's Directors' College. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, and the Board of Trustees of the California Shakespeare Theater.
Prior to joining Safeway, Mr. Ross was a partner at the law firm of Latham & Watkins. He specialized in M&A, participating in numerous transactions in a wide variety of industries.
Mr. Ross received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.