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Captain Gianluigi Aponte is the Founder and Group Executive Chairman of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.
Born in Sorrento, Italy, Mr Aponte started his career as a captain operating passenger ferries in the Mediterranean for his family’s business after graduating from the Italian Maritime Academy.
In 1970, following a break from the world of maritime transport to work as a banker for a number of years, Mr Aponte returned to the industry to start his own business, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. Starting out with a single general cargo vessel, the MSC Patricia, Mr Aponte has developed and led the company with true entrepreneurial spirit for over four decades. In the early days of MSC, Mr Aponte used the expression ‘where the customer goes, MSC goes’. This vision brought exponential growth in terms of both volume and fleet capacity which now serve customers all over the world. Over the past 45 years, Mr Aponte has led MSC from a one vessel operation to become the second-largest container shipping line in the world.
MSC has been built around its core family values of caring for people. Although the company has grown rapidly over the past forty years, Mr Aponte still remains focussed on cultivating our own special ingredient which is MSC’s family spirit.
As winner of many industry awards for his contribution to the maritime industry, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK trade publication Containerisation International, Captain Aponte is an esteemed industry leader known for his dynamic approach and wealth of knowledge and experience in container shipping. It is not just the maritime industry that acknowledges Mr Aponte’s achievements. In 2009, at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, he was one of the top leading Neapolitan businessmen to receive the "Neapolitan Excellence in the World" award from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. In 2013, Mr Aponte was awarded the “Ordine Al Merito del Lavoro” (Order of Merit for Labour) by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. Mr Aponte’s reputation as a successful businessman and industry contributor also earned him the prestigious “Legion d’Honneur” (Legion of Honour) accolade in March 2010 and a significant vote of confidence from French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the part he played in creating 6,000 jobs at the STX France shipyard at St Nazaire, France by placing a new vessel order.
Diego Aponte is President and CEO of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.
Son to Gianluigi Aponte and his wife Rafaela, Diego was raised sharing his family’s passion for the sea. After school Diego took his first steps towards his ultimate career by furthering his education in London, becoming a post graduate of Maritime Studies with a particular focus on shipping.
In 1997 Diego joined MSC, training on-board vessels as a junior engineer to gain first-hand technical experience. To increase his breadth of maritime knowledge Diego also worked in MSC Ship Management in Sorrento, gaining valuable experience of MSC’s operations.
Upon joining MSC Headquarters in Geneva, Diego worked in all departments including Latin American and USA trades, immersing himself in the day-to-day challenges and successes of the business.
In the late nineties, Diego identified an opportunity for MSC to invest in a terminal infrastructure which he believed would help to facilitate the long-term growth of the container industry. In 2000, Diego created Terminal Investment Limited S.A. (TIL), which, under his careful management and direction has become one of the largest terminal operators in the world. Today, Diego is the Chairman of TIL.
From 2006 Diego worked closely with his father as Vice President of the business, before being announced in 2014 as President and CEO of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.
Carlos is Claims Manager at MSC Chile.
Carlos joined MSC in 2006 as Operations & Documentation Supervisor in the Valparaiso Agency. One year later, he became the Port Agent of Arica. Since 2011, he is Claims manager.
The first approach he had with the maritime business was related to his role as Trainee Officer of container vessels, sailing through years in the South American coasts.
Carlos graduated from the Naval School of Chile, as Merchant Marine Officer, currently taking the First Pilot title. He specialized in transportation of chemicals and hazardous cargo on merchant ships, as well as courses in P&I and Insurance.
As a manager of the claims area his main responsabilities are: managing claims related to hazardous cargo as well as those from VIP customers. Carlos is also responsible of the insurance managment for MSC Chile.
Cecilia is Human Resources Manager at MSC Chile.
Cecilia joined MSC Chile in 2001 at the documentary area as Documentation Assistant. In 2005, she became Document manager, a role she held for 7 years. After that, she became responsibility of the management of Cost Control and later in 2010 also led the development team, belonging to the IT area. In 2011 Cecilia was assigned the challenge of leading the Human Resources Management, a position she has held until today.
The first approach that Cecilia had with the shipping business was in SITRANS S.A. where she worked in the area of operations, mainly analyzing land transport services. She also worked as Customer Service in the commercial area.
Cecilia is an engineer in International Trade, with a master degree in Business Administration and Port Management, plus three degrees related to Logistics, Transport & International Trade and Human Resources.
Currently, she is in charge of implementing and managing strategic plans, with the objective of adding value to the organization through the efficient management of people and the organizational structure of MSC Chile.
Cristian is Export Commercial Director at MSC Chile.
Cristian joined MSC Chile in 2005 as Logistics Assistant. In 2006 he took his first major professional challenge as Assistant Line Manager Asia & Mexico. After serving 3 years as Line Manager for different traffic, he assumed the office of Reefer General Manager. In 2012 he was appointed Export Trade Manager Dry & Reefer, to finally be promoted Commercial Export Manage in August 2015.
Cristian graduated in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes.His first approach to the maritime business was in our company, as Logistic Assistant. In this role, he was in charge of the daily stock, empty container repositioning and the deposits control.
Currently, he is in charge of vessels optimization, dry and reefer pricing, new business development and management of our export customers’ portfolio.
Francisco is IT Manager at MSC Chile.
He joined MSC Chile in March 2011 under the charge of Business and Project Assistant. Then in 2012 he assumed the position of IT Manager, which continues developing till this day.
His first approach to maritime business was in our company in the commercial area. He was responsible of generating the reportability to the different managements, preparation of budget with the lines, project evaluations and statistics development in general.
Francisco is a Commercial Engineer. He has a Diploma in Project Evaluation from Universidad de Chile.
Today is responsible for the proper functioning of the IT area, directing in a technical and administrative way all the activities related to the management of technology infrastructure, systems and telecommunications of the company.
Hernán is WCSA Planning Manager at MSC Chile.
He joined MSC Chile in 2001 as a Planner of the United States East Coast Service. Since 2004 he assumes the role of WCSA Planning Manager.
Hernán had his first approach to the maritime business by navigating in merchant ships. In charge of the ship's crew, as well as seconding the labors of its Captain, he has had the opportunity to navigate through East, South America, Europe, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Hernán is First Officer of the Naval Academy. He is also a Transportation Engineer and holds a Diploma in Business Management from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez.
Currently he is responsible of planning and managing the fleet of the West Coast services, managing and controlling the process of stowage of the vessels, allocation, elaboration of stowage plans, maintaining control over schedules, and also administering the Cargo Flow of ships.
María José is Quality Control & Documentation Manager at MSC Chile.
María José joined MSC in 2006 as a Documentation Assistant. FROM 2009 till 2011, she took over as Cost Control Supervisor assuming new responsibilities as IT Development Supervisor. Starting from 2014 she serves as Documentation Manager.
Her first approach to maritime business was in MSC Chile where she was in charge of implementing import electronic correctors. In export she was a support to customs agencies, was in charge of the reassignments, contact to our headquarters and the development and testing of systems for the area.
María José is Engineer in International Trade and has a degree in Management Control and English.
Currently, in addition to ensuring the proper management, development and performance of the documentation area, she is in charge of the Quality Control area, implementing management indicators for different areas of the company.
Maximiliano is Operations Manager at MSC Chile.
He joined MSC Chile in 2010 as Planner of the String 1 and Ecuador Services. Then in 2012 he assumed as Operations Manager.
Maximiliano had his first approach to maritime navigation business by navigating Chilean flag merchant ships between 2001 and 2008 as a deck officer. He had the opportunity to sail calling at ports in South America, Europe, the Caribbean and the southern channels of Chile, becoming second pilot of containerized cargo ships and First Officer on lower passenger vessels; which led him to be in charge of the ship’s crew and passengers, as well as seconding the work of Captain.
Maximiliano, besides having the international title of Deck Officer for merchant ships, he is Naval Engineer, with mention in Sealift.
Currently he is in charge of the operations area of MSC Chile with direct link to our parent company. Seeks to reduce port costs and also to avoid additional costs associated to contracts negotiated under the guidelines of GVA operations and optimizing ship operations from each of the Chilean ports where MSC vessels arrive. He is responsible for assessing and collecting information on everything that affects the safety of the ship and its crew in Chilean ports, evaluating in conjunction with port consultants and Maritime Authority safety maneuvering. He is in charge of port and maritime relations, and the cargo terminals where MSC vessels are docked.
Ricardo is Managing Director of MSC Chile.
Assuming the duty of General Manager with the responsibility of leading our operations in Chile, Ricardo joined MSC in 1994, when the company decided to open offices in Chile.
His first experience in shipping was in Ultramar Group where he worked for 17 years, responsible for the management and administration of major projects for the group throughout the country in stowage areas, port agency issues, vessels operations and tugboats.
Achieving a steady growth for MSC, Ricardo has managed to position it as one of the most important firm in Chile throughout his career. As a result of this, MSC has achieved a leading position in the domestic market, mobilizing more than 450,000 TEUs per year. MSC, now seen as an example to follow in its field, is the main carrier for the various import and export businesses associated with dry and refrigerated cargo.
Since 2004, Ricardo has led the process of expanding our company in the most important ports for the national economy, prompting MSC to open its own offices in Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Valparaiso, San Antonio and Concepcion. As of today, MSC Chile has over 270 employees.
Today Ricardo not only ensures proper compliance and implementation of the policies developed by our parent company, but is also involved in the strategic planning and development of Medlog Chile and MSC Bolivia, and active participation in the Maritime and Port Chamber board.
Ricardo is Marketing & Statistics Manager at MSC Chile.
His first experience in the field was in MSC, entering in 2008 as trainee engineer to our offices in Valparaiso. During this first stage in his career he worked in different areas such as Logistics, Documentation, Operations and as assistant of the regional manager. By 2010 he was appointed Sub Agent and after this was nominated for the commencement of operations and opening of our office in San Antonio, where served as Port Agent for 2 years.
After years in agency, Ricardo entered the area of Business Assistance in Santiago and is currently in charge of Marketing and Statistics Department in Chile.
Ricardo is Industrial Engineer and has a degree in international business negotiations.
Actually, Ricardo’s main features are to elaborate the reportability and the statistics basis to facilitate decision-making in the organization, as well as implementing policies and loyalty strategies to our customers, along with developing the guidelines defined by our parent company with respect to our brand and corporate image.
Sandra is Deputy General Manager of MSC Chile.
Sandra joined MSC in 1994 in the area of administration and finance.
Her career began in the Ultramar group as assistant accountant after successfully completing a trainee program developed by the company. The next challenge was to implement and manage the Department of Costs and Stowage, afterwards joining the operations team in Ultramar Santiago. After four years performing this position she entered in the Planning and Development area.
When MSC decided to start operations in Chile, she was at that time Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance. In addition to performing all the tasks associated with the area, she supported the implementation process and the beginning of MSC operations in the country. By 2000 takes over as Chief Financial Officer, position occupied for seven years. Since 2015 Sandra is Deputy General Manager of the company.
She studied Accountancy at Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.
In MSC ^Sandra has actively participated in several of the most important projects within which include the development of our agencies in Chile and Bolivia, migration to SAP, implementation and control of the various processes instructed by our parent company in addition to supporting the General Manager in all organizational processes and strategic planning.
Vanessa is Finance & Administration Manager at MSC Chile.
Vanessa joined MSC Chile in December 2002 under the charge of Finance Assistant, and then in 2005 began working as a Commercial Assistant. Finally, starting from 2007 assumes as Finance & Administration Manager.
Her first approach to maritime business was in MSC Chile, where she was primarily responsible for the collection of the company freight.
Vanessa is a Civil Constructor and has a Master in Financial Management.
Actually she is responsible for orderly managing the financial MSC resources, both those on behalf of the Parent Company and the Company in Chile, through control of administrative expenses and policies development of policies to achieve positive results.
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