Published : Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 6:41 PM
The former president and chief operating officer of East-West Bank, Pasadena resident Julia Gouw, was named as a member of the Ontario International Airport (OIAA) Commission, a statement from the Commission said. Gouw replaced Lucy Dunn who resigned in July.
Gouw retired from East West Bank last year after over 25 years of service with the bank where she started as controller in 1989.
Gouw was ranked among American Banker magazine’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking five times and she twice received the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference award.
“We could not be happier to welcome Julia to the commission,” Alan D. Wapner, OIAA president, said. “Her extensive experience in the financial services industry and deep ties to international markets, particularly in China, will be tremendous assets as we work to transform the Inland Empire’s airport into a global gateway.”
Before moving into the banking industry, Gouw was a senior audit manager for the financial services consulting firm KPMG.
“I am grateful for the commission’s vote of confidence and I look forward to helping develop Ontario International Airport into a world-class gateway,” Gouw said. “Airlines are recognizing Ontario’s value in the Southern California aviation market and soon, I am confident, air carriers will see it as an important destination for international routes.”
Gouw was born and raised in Surabaya, Indonesia. Following her graduation from high school, she moved to the United States and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino, to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of the Ontario International Airport.