One of the world’s largest ship-owning associations is now chaired by a third-generation member of Hong Kong shipping company Wah Kwong Maritime Transport.
Sabrina Chao, who took the helm at her family’s company in 2003 when her father suffered a stroke, was appointed chairwoman of the Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association (HKSOA) at the organisation’s annual general meeting last week.
The purpose of the organisation, founded in 1957, is to “promote and protect the interests of the Hong Kong domiciled shipowners and ship managers”.
At a cocktail reception following her election, Chao said: ““What I will work to do over the next two years is to ensure that your association continues to be the globally respected voice of the Hong Kong shipping community and continues to promote Hong Kong as the best place in Asia from which to run a shipping company.”
Chao, who graduated from Imperial College with a degree in mathematics and management, began her career in finance, before enrolling in the Galbraith’s shipping course in London, working for several other shipping companies before she joined the family business.
Wah Kwong Maritime Transport was founded by her grandfather, Chao Tsong-Yea, in 1952. Her uncle from her mother’s side is also the patriarch of a large family business, Cheuk Nang Holdings.