About Angela Chao

Angela Chao is the Chair and C.E.O. of Foremost Group, an American shipping company with worldwide operations in New York.

Prior to joining Foremost Group, Angela Chao worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Smith Barney, now a part of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Angela received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard College where she graduated magna cum laude in three years.

Angela is a frequent speaker in the United States, Europe and Asia and serves on the Boards of Harvard Business School's Board of Dean's Advisors, the American Bureau of Shipping Council, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s International Maritime Business Department Advisory Board, The Metropolitan Opera, The Chairman’s Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Ballet Theatre Global Council, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy Board of Advisors, the Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation, and Foremost Foundation. In June 2016, Angela was nominated to serve as Independent Non-executive Director of the Bank of China. She is also Co-Chair of The Asian American Foundation’s Advisory Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations and is the Honorary Chair of the Chiao-Tung University Alumni Association in America. Previously, Angela served on the Boards of the Lincoln Center Global China Advisory Council, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, the Museum of Modern Art PS1, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and Executive Committee of the Baltic International Maritime Council (BIMCO).

She speaks Mandarin Chinese and is active in many volunteer activities including serving on the boards of the Chao family foundations and The Foremost Foundation. Angela is an ardent supporter of the arts and the opera and lives in Austin, Texas.


Latest News about Angela Chao

January 30, 2022

Angela Chao Recognized in LEADERS Magazine as Prominent Female Leader

Ms. Angela Chao has been selected by LEADERS Magazine as a distinguished Woman Leader in its most recent edition, with an accompanying exclusive interview with Ms. […]
December 28, 2021

Angela Chao Recognized in the Top 20 Women in Maritime

For the second year in a row, Marine Log has acknowledged the Top Women in Maritime. Angela Chao was selected by publication for her distinguished efforts in the maritime industry […]
June 14, 2021

Angela Chao Interviewed by Harvardwood

Angela Chao was recently interviewed by Harvardwood, a nonprofit organization where Harvard University alumni, students, staff, and faculty can connect with each other and share resources. […]