Business Executive James S. Ross Retires From U.Va. Patent Foundation
Dec. 2, 1999 -- James S. Ross, former president
of the board of the University of Virginia Patent
Foundation, is retiring from the board after 16 years of service.
longtime leader of the Patent Foundation served as president and
chairman of the board from 1992 to 1998 and also filled in as acting
executive director during a transitional period in 1997.
strong financial state of today's Patent Foundation owes much to
Jim's insight and global business experience and his willingness
to donate generously of his time," said Haydn Wadley, president
of the U.Va. Patent Foundation Board. "Jim implemented numerous
initiatives that have set the stage for the Foundation to provide
significantly increased support to the University. His wise counsel
and long experience with the Foundation will be sorely missed."
1997, as acting executive director, Ross closed some important license
transactions and headed the nationwide search for a new director.
His efforts were instrumental in bringing the current executive
director, Robert S. MacWright, to Charlottesville in October 1997.
Ross supported the changes needed to bring the Patent Foundation
to the next level and had a quiet confidence about the outcome,"
MacWright said. "I respect and admire Jim, his wit, integrity, wisdom,
and his dedication to U.Va. and the Patent Foundation. I will miss
native of Pleasant Ridge, Mich., Ross, 79, is a 1949 graduate of
Harvard Business School. He spent much of his corporate career building
a U.S. business presence in Latin America.
spent 13 years with Chrysler Corp., beginning in 1949. In 1956,
he became manufacturing manager of Dodge Truck and the following
year transferred to Venezuela where, as managing director, he supervised
Chrysler 's first manufacturing efforts in Latin America.
promoted to vice president and director of Chrysler Western Hemisphere
Corp., Ross was responsible for all of Chrysler 's products,
plants and marketing in Latin America.
also served as president and managing director for International
Telephone and Telegraph, Argentina (1965-71). As vice president-international
of Rockwell Standard and president of the company 's International
Automotive Group (1972-82), he helped create joint ventures in 17
1983, he has worked as an international business consultant. Among
other projects, he helped CMI Corp. create a joint venture with
the Mexican government for road building equipment. He currently
serves as chairman of Fritec U.K. Ltd., a marketing and warehousing
organization that sells automotive brake material in the U.K.
addition to the U.Va. Patent Foundation, Ross has served on 30 boards
of directors in the U.S. and Latin America.
his wife, Ruth, Ross has made his home in Free Union since 1979.
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