Chris Ross began his career in 1966 with BP in London, culminating as part of a small think tank reporting to the Main Board addressing looming issues of nationalization in the Middle East and Africa. In 1973 he joined Arthur D. Little, a global management consulting company and moved to Algeria where he managed a large project office assisting SONATRACH with commercial challenges in oil and LNG and advising on OPEC issues such as price coordination, price indexation and production quotas. In 1978, he moved to the ADL headquarters in Cambridge, MA and on to Houston, where he opened the ADL office in 1982. From then until 2010 he led the Houston energy consulting practice which was acquired by Charles River Associates in 2002.
As a consultant, Professor Ross works with senior oil and gas executives to develop and implement value creating strategies. His work has covered all stages in the oil and gas value chain. In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked extensively with PDVSA on high level strategic issues including internationalization to achieve "security of demand" for extra-heavy oil production, creation of the CIED training center, making the business case for contracts of association, which allowed opening of the Orinoco bitumen resource, and consolidation of the three affiliates into a single operating company. For YPF Argentina during 1990-95, he led a team that transformed a huge bureaucracy into a competitive, privatized global oil and gas company. In the 2000s, he has refocused on the North American oil and gas industry including portfolio strategy for several independents and for companies with midstream and upstream assets, and strategic review of the value potential of the downstream for major oil companies.
Professor Ross currently serves as an Executive Professor of Finance at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, where he has distilled the insights from his long consulting career into classes on value creation strategies in oil and gas. He also leads research classes investigating how different energy industry segments are creating value for shareholders.
Professor Ross has authored numerous articles on the oil and gas industry and is co-author of Terra Incognita: A Navigation Aid for Energy Leaders. He chairs the Oil and Gas Policy Subcommittee of the Greater Houston Partnership, sits on the Program Committee of the Offshore Technology Conference, and is Board Chairman of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.