Julia Gouw is Retired President & Chief Operating Officer of East West Bank, the fourth largest commercial bank based in Los Angeles. She joined the bank in July 1989 as Vice President and Controller and was later promoted to Chief Financial Officer. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 1997. During her tenure, the Bank grew from $400 million in total assets to more than $4.6 billion and became one of the top performing banks in the country.
Born and raised in Indonesia, Julia came to the United States in 1978, where she earned her bachelor of science degree in Accounting with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She later became a Certified Public Accountant and worked for the international accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP as a Senior Audit Manager. She left the accounting firm to join East West Bank.
Julia serves on the Board of Visitors of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Board of Directors of Huntington Hospital, Board of Trustees of Saint John's Health Center Foundation, Board of Governors of City Club, and Board of Overseers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She is a member of the Financial Executives' Institute and California Society of CPAs. She is a Past President of the Financial Managers Society - Los Angeles Chapter.
Among her philanthropic activities, Julia established the Endowed Chair for Mood Disorders Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is a strong supporter of the United Way Women Leaders Bridging the Gap and a member of the California Gold Society of United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Julia was named in the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by US Banker Magazine in October 2003. She also received the Women Making a Difference Award, Philanthropist of the Year from Los Angeles Business Journal, and the first Philanthropist of the Year Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2003.