The 'midnight cowboy'

Ross started his career in Brisbane, Australia in 1962 with a small broker, Noble Hall. The company was acquired by Stenhouse later that year, marking the start of a chain of acquisitions. Stenhouse merged with Reed Shaw of Canada in 1974 to form Reed Stenhouse and then the New Yorkers. Alexander & Alexander acquired them in 1984, and they were later acquired by the Chicago-based Aon in 1997.Having risen from a junior clerk to be chief executive officer of all the Australian operations in th