John A. Gavin

John A. Gavin is a graduate of Stanford University where he did honors work in Economic History of Latin America. He served with distinction in the United States Navy as an Air Intelligence Officer and as Aide to the Commandant of the Fifteenth Naval District (Latin America). For more than ten years, he was Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States. As Ambassador to Mexico, he led the then largest US diplomatic mission abroad for more than five years. Previously, while concurrently active in the entertainment industry, he co-founded and managed successful business ventures in the US and Latin America.

Ambassador Gavin is founder/chairman of Gamma Holdings, an international capital and consulting firm. He served on the boards of: Causeway Capital (Chairman); Claxson Interactive Group (an integrated provider of branded entertainment in Ibero-America); The Hotchkis & Wiley Funds (Chairman); and The TCW Funds. He is also Senior Counselor to Hicks Trans American Partners (a division of Hicks Holdings). Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and partner of HMTF (Latin America), President of Univisa Satellite Corporation, and an officer of Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), as well as a director of that company and other major corporations.

He has served on various pro bono boards, including: The Anderson Graduate School or Management at UCLA; Don Bosco Institute; the FEDCO Charitable Fund (administered by the California Community Foundation); The Hoover Institution; Loyola-Marymount University; The National Park Foundation; The Southwest Museum; The University of the Americas; and Villanova Preparatory School.

Ambassador Gavin is a fifth-generation native of Los Angeles. He is married to Constance Towers. They have four children and three grandchildren.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

Mexico, (1981 - 1986)

Areas of Expertise