Mary K. Gadams
CEO and Founder
United States, Resident in Hong Kong
Mary founded RacingThePlanet in 1996 and the 4 Deserts in 2002. She has lived in six countries including the United States, Spain, China, France, the United Kingdom and Korea. Mary's work experience is in investment banking and strategy. Prior work experience includes work as a global strategist in the chairman's office and restructuring office of the Samsung Group in Seoul, Korea where she worked on special projects including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital and global strategy. She also spent seven years in investment banking at Wachovia Securities in the United States.
Mary has been involved in sports most of her life. She has been team captain of three Eco-Challenge teams with a best finish of sixth (in the ESPN X Games). She has also completed dozens of marathons including the Boston Marathon three times and has a 3:18 personal record in the marathon. She has completed the Marathon des Sables multiple times with a personal best in the women's division of 26:30. In addition, Mary has completed numerous ultramarathons several of which include the Western States Endurance Run (100 miles), the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race (India), the London to Brighton Race (55 miles), the Hong Kong Oxfam Trailwalker (100kms), the Texas Trail Run (50 miles), the JFK 50-Miler, the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset and most recently Mary completed the Atacama Crossing 2009.
In the past few years Mary has made it to the summit of Mt. Toubkal in Morocco (the highest peak in North Africa), Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia (the highest peak in southeast Asia), Mt. Fuji, twice (the highest peak in Japan), Mt. Fansipan in Vietnam (the highest mountain in IndoChina) and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (the highest peak in Africa).
Mary has a master's degree from the London Business School, and is on the Committee for the Hike for Hospice in Hong Kong and a member of the board of the Action Outreach Foundation.