Group CEO Angela Chow was killed in a car accident
Angela Chow, chairman and CEO of Foremost Group, has died in a car accident, the New York-based dry bulk shipping company announced Monday.
Angela Chow was an experienced and respected shipping executive who worked her way through numerous leadership positions at the company’s founding by her father, Dr. James S.C. Chow, along with her late mother, Ruth Mulan Chow Chow, in 1964.
Before joining Foremost Group in 1996, Angela Chow worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Smith Barney, now Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from Harvard College in just three years, she enrolled at Harvard Business School where she wrote a case study on “Ocean Carriers” that to this day remains part of the required curriculum for first-year students at Harvard Business School.
“Angela Chow was a wonderful executive and pioneer in the shipping industry, as well as a proud and loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife and mother,” Formost Group said in a statement.
“Building on the legacy of honor, integrity and performance established by her father and our company’s founder, Dr. James S.C. Chao, she made exceptional customer service, efficiency and superior performance the hallmarks of her leadership. She was also a passionate advocate for integrating environmentally sustainable practices into all company operations.”
“Angela believes that a key ingredient to success is the belief that shipping is not an asset finance business, but is about people. She placed a particular emphasis on caring for the welfare and well-being of our crews, and of everyone on board and ashore who played a role in the performance of our services. As a result, Its leadership is widely recognized in the shipping industry.
Among other maritime industry honors, Angela Chow has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bureau of Shipping Council, as well as a Board Member of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s International Maritime Business Management Advisory Board.
“She will be greatly missed and will leave a legacy of pioneering leadership — especially for women — in shipping, philanthropy and the arts,” the company said.
Angela’s father, Dr. James S.C. Chow, issued the following statement on behalf of the Chow family:
“It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved youngest daughter, Angela Chow. Angela is a wonderful woman, a charismatic and visionary leader, much loved by all of her sisters, our entire family and our friends. From an early age, she demonstrated a joyful maturity and fierce intellectual curiosity that endeared her to all and helped her Excelling in everything she did. As a daughter, sister, mother, aunt, wife and friend, she was filial, thoughtful, kind and unfailingly loyal. These qualities were complemented by a lively personality, exceptional intelligence, compassion for everyone and a wonderful sense of humour. She made us laugh and smile. She strongly believed that the true treasures in life are Family, friends and helping others.Losing her at such a young age is something we could never have imagined, and our entire family is devastated with grief.
“Angela is unique in that she has been academically gifted, hardworking, and possessed strong core values throughout her life. She expressed an interest in the shipping industry at an early age and was a wonderful, inquisitive companion to accompany me to the office on my Take Your Daughter to Work days. We were so proud Because she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College in just three years.While attending Harvard Business School, she used her enthusiasm and knowledge of shipping to write a groundbreaking case study on “Ocean Carriers” that to this day remains part of the required curriculum for first-year students at Harvard Business School. She always believed in helping others and became a beloved member of the Harvard community, serving on the Dean’s Board of Advisors at Harvard Business School and establishing the Ruth Mulan Zhu Zhao and James C. Cheng Zhao Family Fellowships at Harvard College. As a pioneer for women in the executive suite, she inspired others To realize their dreams. She also loved music and used the French horn as her instrument when she was young, insisting on carrying it herself to every lesson. These early experiences created a lifelong emotional commitment to the fine arts. She has put her advocacy into practice by serving on the President’s Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, she has generously supported numerous health and community charities, including serving as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Hospital for Special Surgery. We are especially grateful for Angela’s dedicated service to the Asian American community. Although she was born in America, she never forgot her roots and helped throughout her life build bridges of understanding between East and West. Among other special honors, she has served as President Emeritus of the Chiao Tung University Alumni Association of America, co-chair of the Advisory Board of the Asian American Foundation, and a member of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Commission on the United States and China. Relations.
“The name Angela in Chinese sounds like the letters for peace and prosperity. She has certainly given more than her share to this world. Her absence leaves a void not only in our hearts, but in the Asian American community.
“Although we are saddened, my family and I have a deep conviction – fueled by our Christian faith – that we will see Angela again, along with her mother, my beloved wife, Ruth Mulan Chu Chow, and our daughter and sister Janet. They are forever in our hearts and minds.”