Gary Matus biography

Cal State LA Alumni Association


Headshot of Gary Matus, Class of 1969

Gary J. Matus created AV Search Partners to address global clients’ need for highly experienced, high touch human capital services. He previously launched and managed the California practice for Egon Zehnder International. He served as Managing Partner and was head of the Financial Services Practice.

Prior to entering the executive search industry, Mr. Matus served as President and CEO and a Member of the Board of Directors of Iwerks Entertainment, which designs and manufactures proprietary and patented high-tech giant screen equipment and projection systems, with operations in 28 countries. Mr. Matus was a Director for seven years and served as President and CEO from 1999 until 2002.  He completed a profitable merger with Canadian-based SimEx in 2002 and continues as a Director of SimEx.

Concurrent with the activities above, Mr. Matus served as a Partner with BeneVenture Capital Group, a venture capital firm focused on financial services, internet, communications, and semiconductor projects. Mr. Matus provided the CEO, CFO, and CMO direction to a number of the firms in BeneVenture's portfolio.

Formerly, Mr. Matus was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Bank of America, responsible for all corporate marketing, product management, and brand management. Before that bank assignment, Mr. Matus was Executive Vice President and Industry Manager of Bank of America's Entertainment & Media Industries Group. In that capacity, he managed the bank's global entertainment and media portfolio, with over $5 billion in commitments serving nearly 200 clients. Mr. Matus began his career as a National Brands Product Manager with Colgate Palmolive.

Mr. Matus earned a BA from California State University, Los Angeles, and an MBA from Arizona State University/Thunderbird School of International Management where he also served on the Board of Trustees. He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Governor’s Council on Information Technology and has served as a Trustee of Occidental College for ten years. Mr. Matus also completed the Director Education & Certification Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Matus currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA and he is also a member of the President’s Council at California State University, Los Angeles. He resides in Pasadena, CA.


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