Julia Gouw
Retired President and Chief Operating Officer
East West Bank

University of Illinois
    B.S., accounting

Business History
Ms. Gouw joined the Pasadena, California-based East West Bank in 1989 as vice president and controller. She was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer in 1994 and president and chief operating officer in 2009. In her role, she was responsible for the administrative operations, including finance, treasury, investor relations, enterprise risk management, credit administration, deposit and loan operations, and information technology. East West Bank is one of the largest financial institutions in the United States that focuses on the Chinese-American community. It is now considered one of the top 30 largest banks in the nation that serves as the financial bridge between U.S. and China. Ms. Gouw retired in March 2016.

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 contributions. Ms. Gouw is also a member of the Trusteeship, an International Women’s Forum affiliate organization that connects preeminent women in leadership positions across various professional fields.

Ms. Gouw currently serves as chair of the board for Piermont Bank. She is a member of the board of directors of Vizio and ECMC Group. She is on the advisory board for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Ms. Gouw also serves as a trustee for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. She was appointed as a commissioner with the Ontario International Airport Authority.

Pacific Life Responsibilities
Ms. Gouw is a director of Pacific Mutual Holding Company and serves on the Audit Committee and as chair of the Investment and Finance Committee.

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