The Navy mourns the loss of Angela Chow in a car accident
The Foremost Group said today that its president and CEO, Angela Chow, died in a car accident last weekend.
Daughter of Foremost Group founder Dr. James S.C. Chao and sister of former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Angela Chao has been named one of the Marine Log’s Women of the Year in Maritime in 2021.
Foremost Group issued the following statement
“It is with great sadness that Foremost Group announces the passing of Angela Chow in a tragic car accident. Angela Chow was an amazing executive and pioneer in the shipping industry, and was also a proud and loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife and mother. She was also a precocious young woman, learning about the shipping industry at an early age as she She would lovingly follow her father through his “take your daughter to work” days on his ships. After earning a 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 still continues Today it is part of the required curriculum for first-year students at Harvard Business School, so it was no surprise that as our Chairman and CEO, she charted new paths that led the company to record achievements in the shipping industry.
Building on the legacy of honor, integrity and performance established by her father and our company’s founder, Dr. James S.C. Chao, exceptional customer service, efficiency and superior performance have made her the hallmarks of her leadership. She was also a passionate advocate for incorporating environmentally sustainable practices into all company operations. That’s why Foremost Group’s fleet includes some of the largest, most modern and environmentally friendly ships in the world. But most importantly, Angela believes that the key ingredient to success is the belief that shipping is not an asset finance business, but is about people. I placed particular emphasis on attention to 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 in the shipping industry has been widely recognized. Among other honors, she 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 Advisory Board. She will be greatly missed and will leave a legacy of pioneering leadership – especially for women – in shipping, philanthropy and the arts.
Dr. James S.C. Chao issued the following statement regarding the death of his daughter, Angela Chao:
“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 year-round students First 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 founding 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 has She inspired others to pursue 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 characters for peace and prosperity. She had 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 sad, 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 Chow Chow, and our daughter and her sister, Janet. They are forever in our hearts and minds.”