CEO since 1996: Michael Balmuth
Michael Balmuth tried to stay out of retail - the career path taken by almost everyone in his family. But after a graduate degree in health care administration and a hospital job, Balmuth joined Bambergers.
As CEO of Ross, more than half of his 950 stores are in Texas, California or Florida, making him well positioned to cater to recession-weary fashionistas.
In 2009, sales were up 11% to $7.2 billion, as profits jumped 45%, to $443 million.
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