Media Recognition · December 16, 2021

Foremost Group Chair and CEO Angela Chao Honored Among Top Women in Maritime by Marine Log

NEW YORK, NY – December 16, 2021 – Foremost Group Chair and CEO Angela Chao was recently recognized by Marine Log as one of the Top Women in the Maritime industry for the year 2021. In addition to Ms. Chao, those also recognized include leaders from across the maritime industry, including, among others, the American Maritime Officers Union, American Bureau of Shipping, Crowley Maritime, Glostens, Ingram Barge Company, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Waterways Council Inc.

The section regarding Ms. Chao is available here and below:

Honoring Marine Log’s Top Women in Maritime 2021
Written by Heather Ervin
December 15, 2021

As the maritime industry continues to increase diversity and bring more women into its ranks, we wrap up 2021 for the second year in a row by bringing to you our list of Top Women in Maritime.

Our editorial team has carefully selected these 20 women of varied backgrounds, ages and locations with nominations given by those in the industry. We asked them to tell us about the successes they’re most proud of in their maritime career—whether it’s in shoreside management, onboard a vessel, or in another field. …

Angela Chao, Chairman and CEO of Foremost Group

Before taking the helm of Foremost Group, Chao worked in the mergers and acquisitions department of Smith Barney, now a part of Morgan Stanley. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard, where she graduated magna cum laude in three years and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She then rejoined Foremost Group, first concentrating on the fundamentals of ship operations and ship management while overseeing the implementation of Foremost’s Safety Management System to comply with the International Safety Management Code and then in later years, the fleet’s Vessel Security Plans in compliance with the IMO’s International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. In 2019, she was named chair and CEO of Foremost Group.

Chao serves on numerous public and nonprofit boards. Previously, she served on the boards of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Lincoln Center Global’s China Advisory Council, Museum of Modern Art PS1, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, and the Executive Committee of the Baltic International Maritime Council (BIMCO).

ML: What successes are you most proud of in terms of your maritime career?

AC: I am very proud of the fact that Foremost Group is internationally recognized for its modern, eco-friendly fleet and for our exceptional service, high integrity, and superior performance.

I am also extremely proud that gender diversity has always been, and will always be, a priority at Foremost. Approximately half of our onshore staff are women, and from that diversity of backgrounds, opinions and perspectives, we are able to deliver the best outcomes for our partners.

Dating back to my first ship visits as a young girl with my parents, Dr. James Chao and Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, I always knew I wanted to work at Foremost. It is deeply humbling and most gratifying to be able to serve as the second generation carrying on my parents’ legacy and life values. …


The full Marine Log article “Honoring Marine Log’s Top Women in Maritime 2021” is available here:

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