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Why a Pasadena resident cares if you travel out of Ontario airport




ONTARIO >> As part of a plan to woo San Gabriel Valley residents to Ontario International Airport, a Pasadena resident has taken a seat on its five-member governing body.

The city of Ontario has the ability to name four of the five members of the Ontario International Airport Authority, and with a recent resignation, officials have tapped Julia Gouw as a replacement, despite living 35 miles to the west of the airport.

It’s all part of a strategy to increase the numbers of international travelers, particularly those coming and going from Asia.

Ontario City Councilman and authority Commissioner Jim Bowman touted Gouw’s experience in financial services and her connection to international markets, such as China, as an asset for the authority.

“San Gabriel Valley is an underserved market for ONT, and she can relay the message of how open and accessible the airport is,” he said.

Gouw was president and chief operating officer of East West Bank until she retired in 2016. She previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the bank. She currently sits on the board of directors of Newport Beach-based Pacific Life Insurance Co.

A native of Indonesia, Gouw moved to the United States to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Gouw replaces Lucy Dunn, president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, who resigned June 16 after nearly five years as a commissioner.

In a statement, Gouw said: “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.”

“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.”



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