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Angela Chao
Chair and CEO
Foremost Group

Angela Chao is the Chair and CEO of Foremost Group, an American shipping and transportation company headquartered in New York.

Before joining Foremost Group, Angela earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard College in three years. She then worked at Smith Barney in the Mergers & Acquisitions department before returning to Harvard Business School to obtain her MBA. During her time at Harvard Business School she co-authored a paper entitled Ocean Carriers, a finance case about shipping which is now included in the required curriculum for first-year students.

After graduating from Harvard Business School, Angela joined Foremost Group. An early adopter of green technology, Foremost Group has incorporated fuel-efficient designs and technology in its fleet, which are ranked among the world's most eco-friendly bulk carriers.

As the daughter of immigrants, Angela has a strong interest in the field of international relations, with a specific emphasis on East-West interactions. Angela Chao serves on numerous boards, including Bank of China, Harvard Business School's Board of Dean's Advisors, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy's International Maritime Business Department Advisory Board, the American Bureau of Shipping Council, and the Chao Family Foundation. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations. As a passionate supporter of the arts, she also serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera, the Chairman's Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Ballet Theatre Global Council, among others.

In addition to her many other activities, Angela is also a dedicated and active volunteer and philanthropist. She is the Honorary Chair of the Chiao-Tung University Alumni Association in America and President of the Foremost Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the Foremost Group.