Julia S. Gouw is retired president and chief operating officer of East West Bank—the second largest commercial bank headquartered in California. Prior to joining East West Bank in 1989, Ms. Gouw was a senior audit manager with the accounting firm KPMG.
Ms. Gouw was ranked one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” five times by American Banker magazine and has received the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Women Making a Difference” award two times in recognition of her achievements and philanthropic contributions.
Ms. Gouw currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Pacific Life and VIZIO Inc., and chairwoman of the board for Piermont Bank.
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Ms. Gouw was recognized as one of the 2023 “Top 30 Asian American and Pacific Islander Board Members in the U.S.” by BoardProspects.
Ms. Gouw was appointed Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) commissioner in September 2016. The OIAA provides overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of Ontario International Airport in Southern California.
Born and raised in Indonesia, Ms. Gouw came to the United States in 1978 where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.