David Ross is the chief executive of MMA Offshore and is based in the Singapore office to drive international growth. In July 2005, Mr Ross joined MMA Offshore as the general manager of operations, with the mandate to steer the three operating divisions of Vessel Operations, Slipway and Supply Bases through a period of rapid growth. Promoted to the role of chief operating officer in June 2009, he is directly involved in the development of strategic direction of the company. He is also the executive director of MMA Offshore Asia Pte Ltd and director of MMA Offshore Asia Sdn Bhd.
Mr Ross started his career in vessel maintenance before commencing a seagoing career progressing from junior engineer to 1st engineer. He has sailing experience on board livestock vessels, service and supply vessels in the offshore industry, cape & handy size bulk carriers, general cargo and container vessels.
In 1995, Mr Ross moved into a shoreside position with BHP Transport in Melbourne, working initially as ship operations officer and progressed through the ranks as ship manager for cape and panamax size vessels; senior chartering officer; and scheduling & operations manager. In 2001, Mr Ross moved to the Netherlands with BHP Billiton as operations manager and then commercial manager where he was responsible for the development of chartering and trading controls.