2018 Pinnacle Speakers


  • Angela A. Chao
    Angela A. Chao
    Chairman & C.E.O,Foremost Group
Angela A. Chao
Chairman & C.E.O,Foremost Group

Angela Chao is Chairman & C.E.O. of Foremost Group, an international shipping company in New York. Prior to joining Foremost Group, Angela Chao worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Smith Barney, now a part of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Angela received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard College where she graduated magna cum laude in three years.

Angela is a frequent speaker in the United States, Europe and Asia and serves on the Boards of Bank of China, Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisers, Lincoln Center Global’s China Advisory Council, the American Bureau of Shipping Council, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s International Maritime Business Department Advisory Board, The Chairman’s Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Opera, Museum of Modern Art PS1, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy Board of Advisers, and the Hospital for Special Surgery’s International Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations and is the Honorary Chairperson of the Chiao-Tung University Alumni Association in America. Previously, Angela served on the Boards of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and Executive Committee of the Baltic International Maritime Council (BIMCO).

She speaks Mandarin Chinese and is active in many volunteer activities including serving on the boards of Chao family foundations and The Foremost Foundation. Angela is an ardent supporter of the arts and the opera and lives in New York City.

  • Vivek Sankaran
    Vivek Sankaran
    President and Chief Operating Officer, Frito-Lay North America
Vivek Sankaran
President and Chief Operating Officer, Frito-Lay North America

Vivek Sankaran is president and chief operating officer (COO) of Frito-Lay North America, where he leads PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay snack and convenient foods business.

Vivek’s leadership at Frito-Lay began in 2016, after serving as COO where he was responsible for Frito-Lay’s marketing, customer sales and go-to-market transformation functions, and oversaw PepsiCo’s commercial agenda in North America and the PepsiCo customer teams. Prior to that role, Vivek was chief commercial officer of PepsiCo North America where he led PepsiCo’s cross-divisional performance across North America customers.

Before joining PepsiCo in 2009, Vivek was a partner at McKinsey and Company, where he served various Fortune 100 companies with a focus on strategy and operations. He co-led the firm’s North American purchasing and supply management practice and was on the leadership team of the North American retail practice.  

Vivek has an MBA from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai.

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