Since 2018, Angela Chao has been Chair and C.E.O. of Foremost Group.
From 2001-2008, Angela was Vice President and then Senior Vice President of Foremost Group concentrating on ship operations and ship management. Prior to that, she was Assistant Vice President where she implemented the Company’s Safety Management System to comply with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code; a new regulation mandated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which came into effect for large bulk carriers on July 1, 1997. The objective of the ISM Code was to ensure safety, prevent human injury or loss of life, and avoid damage to the environment and priority as a result of various marine accidents, especially the Exxon Valdez.
She has since also overseen the implementation of the fleet’s Vessel Security Plans in compliance with the IMO’s International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code; a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and ports, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and ports in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
Deputy Chairman of Foremost Group
Named the Co-Chair of The Asian American Foundation’s Advisory Council in 2021, Angela serves on the Boards of the American Bureau of Shipping Council, Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors, the Metropolitan Opera, The Chairman’s Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Founding Board Council of the Museum of Contemporary Art- Los Angeles, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s International Maritime Business Department Advisory Board, Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s College of Economics and Management Advisory Board, the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Foundation, the Foremost Foundation, is the Honorary Chairperson of the Chiao-Tung University Alumni Association in America, the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
She previously served on the Boards of Bank of China, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the American Ballet Theatre’s Global Global Council, the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy Board of Advisors, Lincoln Center Global’s China Advisory Council, the Museum of Modern Art PS1, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the Executive Committee of the Baltic International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and the Hospital for Special Surgery’s International Advisory Board.
Prior to joining Foremost Group, Angela worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Smith Barney, now a part of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.