Mr. Ross, 50, formerly editor of Electronic Media, succeeds Marc White, who chose not to relocate to the West Coast.
Mr. Ross will officially assume his new position June 3. Mr. White will remain at Crain Communications through June 30 to help with the transition.
"I am grateful for Marc White's many years of service to our company and I take great pride in the fact that we have the talent and leadership already in-house to name an immediate successor," said Rance Crain, president of Crain Communications. "Marc and Chuck have formed a great partnership over the last several years leading the publication to the most respected among television, advertising and media executives."
Mr. Ross first joined Crain Communications in 1996 as media editor of Advertising Age. In January 2000, he left to become editor of Electronic Media. He presided over the publication's move from Chicago to Los Angeles in May 2000.
With 18 years experience covering TV and media, Mr. Ross was formerly executive editor of Inside Media. He also worked for Cablevision magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, TV/Radio Age and the San Francisco Chronicle.