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Angela Chao - Foremost Group. Austin, TX, US

Angela Chao

Chair and CEO | Foremost Group


Angela Chao is an international executive, public speaker, mentor and philanthropist.



Angela Chao Publication




Angela Chao Interview with Sina Angela Chao - Harvard Business School's Alumni Making A Difference




Angela Chao is an international executive, public speaker, mentor and philanthropist. She is Chair and CEO of Foremost Group, a global shipping and transportation company headquartered in New York. Ms. Chao is also President of the Foremost Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help young people access quality education and to strengthen the relationship between the US and China.

Accomplishments and Recognition

Angela Chao is a well-known and respected leader in the maritime industry. She has served on the China Council for Promotion of International Trade, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Baltic International Maritime Council. She is a popular speaker, particularly on the subjects of international trade and foreign relations, education and women executives. Her expertise in the area of international trade has in particular brought her to the attention of many organizations and journals. For instance, Ms Chao was invited to be a Founding Member of the Wall Street Journal’s Task Force on Women in the Economy in 2011. She has been featured in publications such as the October 2005 Journal of Commerce’s 'Women in International Trade' special edition. In the same year, the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council named her an “Eminent Young Overseas Chinese”.

Angela is a member of numerous inter-governmental and non-profit boards and councils, including: The Asian American Foundation; the Council on Foreign Relations; Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations; Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s College of Economics and Management Advisory Board; Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s International Maritime Business Department Advisory Board; Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors; American Bureau of Shipping Council; and Metropolitan Opera. She also previously served on boards of Lincoln Center’s Global China Advisory Council and Museum of Modern Art PS1.

Industry Expertise (7)

Shipping (Marine)





Logistics and Supply Chain

Corporate Leadership

Areas of Expertise (2)



Accomplishments (1)

Inspirational Leader Award (professional)


Dr. James Chao & The Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Foundation and Angela Chao, honored as Philanthropic Trailblazers by ILF

Education (2)

Harvard University: Bachelor's degree, Economics

Harvard Business School: MBA, Business/Commerce, General

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Mandarin

Articles (3)

Statement of Angela Chao



Statement of Angela Chao Chair and CEO of the Foremost Group At the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center Harvard Business School Boston, MA

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Angela Chao: Upholding Chinese tradition

China Daily


Interview with Angela Chao by China Daily

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Maritime Executive Angela Chao hosted by IMB Center

Massachusetts Maritime Academy


Today Angela Chao, Chair and CEO of Foremost Group, graced us with her presence at the Academy to discuss the growth of Foremost Group and her involvement in the company. She began with very informative technical explanations of the dry bulk shipping company explaining vessel size and cargo transported.

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