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Group Director, Fairmont - Magsaysay Group, Hong Kong
Linda Ho McAfee is a group director of Fairmont - Magsaysay Group, a family-owned business engaged in international ship owning, ship management, and other ship-related services, including sourcing, training, and deployment of seafarers, real estate, trading, and other investments. Until 2014, she was a senior vice president of ShipServ Ltd., a maritime procurement solutions provider, and she now serves as a board member.
Born in the Philippines, Ms. McAfee is a citizen of Canada. She received her bachelor’s degree in arts and commerce from McGill University in 1971, with a major in finance and international business. She received her MBA from Columbia Business School in 1973.
From 1973 to 1976, Ms. McAfee was with Citicorp International Bank Limited’s New York office in the merchant banking division. In 1976, she moved to the Hong Kong merchant banking division of Citicorp International Group’s Asia Pacific Corporation, and in 1978 she joined Fairmont Shipping HK Ltd., where she served as president and director of the Magsaysay Group through 1988. She became group director of Fairmont Shipping in 1989. In 2000, she founded iShipExchange, now merged into ShipServ Ltd. Ms. McAfee is a trustee and board member of the SYDA Foundation HK Ltd.
She serves as a member of the Hong Kong Forum, the friends’ committee of the Asian Cultural Council, the president’s council of the Asia Society and the advisory committee for the Harvard Asia Center. From 1988 to 1989, Ms. McAfee was a member of the executive committee of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association.
She was a trustee and board member of the Hong Kong Bayanihan Trust from 1994 to 2001. In 1999, she served as the off-site chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization at Hong Kong University. She was also a member of that group from 1986 through June 2000. She has been a member of the World Presidents’ Organization since 2000 and a founding member of the Hong Kong chapter in 2002. In 2004, she served as the social chairman of the WPO China University.
Ms. McAfee lives in Hong Kong. She and her husband, Gage McAfee, have three children.