Dominic Ng

Dominic Ng

Chairman & CEO, East West Bank


Dominic Ng is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of East West Bank (NASDAQ: EWBC), the largest publicly listed independent bank headquartered in Southern California. Since joining the Bank in 1991, Mr. Ng transformed East West from a small savings and loan association with $600 million in assets, into a global full-service commercial bank today with assets over $60 billion. Its 3,200 employees serve more than 600,000 customers worldwide. Bank Director ranked East West Bank No.1 Performing Bank in 2021 and top bank with the Best Board in 2022.

Mr. Ng serves on the governing boards of Mattel, Inc. (NYSE: MAT), University of Southern California (USC) and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the 21st Century China Center of the University of California, San Diego. In addition, he is Chairman of the American Friends Foundation of M+ Museum in Hong Kong. From 2011 to 2014, he served as Chairman of the Committee of 100. Mr. Ng’s previous board service also includes the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Los Angeles Branch; PacifiCare Health Systems (formerly NYSE: PHS); Asia Society; Pacific Council on International Policy; and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

Among the extensive recognitions for his business achievements and philanthropic impact, Mr. Ng was named one of Forbes’ 25 most notable Chinese Americans; one of Los Angeles Times’100 most influential people in Los Angeles; and Business Person of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal. American Banker recognized Mr. Ng as Banker of the Year, for successfully executing his vision while maintaining discipline on credit and building East West into one of the nation’s most profitable regional banks. Mr. Ng is the recipient of the Alexis de Tocqueville Award, United Way Worldwide’s highest distinction. The University of Houston honored Mr. Ng for his lifelong championship for student academic support with the dedication of the Dominic and Ellen Ng Academic Center for Excellence.

A frequent commentator on foreign policy, economics, finance, banking and philanthropy, Mr. Ng has addressed business, government, academic and civic audiences including the Milken Institute, Federal Reserve Bank, and the United States Conference of Mayors. His thought pieces have been published in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times and the South China Morning Post among other media outlets.

Mr. Ng is a pioneer in bridging the gap between American and Asian cultures and the arts. His persistent efforts to expand East-West cultural understanding inspired collaboration of East West Bank with mainstream institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Huntington; the Bowers Museum; and The Broad.

A native of Hong Kong, Mr. Ng resides in Pasadena, California. Prior to taking the helm of East West Bank in 1991, he practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte & Touche in Houston and Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and an honorary doctor of law degree from Occidental College.

Mr. Ng is a member of the LA Committee.

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.