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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.
Alan joined MSC in 1998 as an Office Manager. In 2005 and 2007, he set up the Beijing and Dalian offices respectively and then was promoted to General Manager of Tianjin, Beijing and Dalian office in 2009.
He started his career in the shipping industry with Tianjin Ocean Shipping Agency, the state agent of all shipping companies, as Business Clerk in Tianjin in 1975. Following 10 years hard work and excellent performance, in 1988, he was promoted to Manager of Business Department.
Betty joined MSC in October 2004 and was appointed Office Manager overseeing HR & Administration functions of the office.
Before joining MSC, she was Finance Manager at P & O Nedlloyd shipping company in charge of Finance and HR & Administration. She graduated from The Xiamen University with major in Chemistry. She started her career in the shipping industry in 1994 with a forwarding company.
In October 2010, Betty was promoted to General Manager of MSC Xiamen and Fuzhou.
Edmond’s career in the shipping industry began in 1982 as Cargo Freight Station Clerk with Sea-Land Service Inc. in Hong Kong. During Edmond’s 17-year tenure with the company, he held various positions including Loss Prevention & Claims Officer, Special Commodities Services Manager as specialist of carriage of refrigerated cargoes and hazardous materials. All these exposures and experiences have equipped Edmond with extensive business knowledge and managing skills.
In 1999, when Sea-Land Service was sold, Edmond joined MSC's Import Sales Department to continue his career in the industry. He adapted well and quickly in his sales role and set up the Import Sales Team in MSC Hong Kong. He built up good rapport with the giant waste paper importers, Nine Dragons and Lee & Man. These companies are still supporting MSC today. Because of his outstanding performance in 2001, Edmond was transferred to the Export Sales Department and got actively involved in the business development with world’s top retailers such as Carrefour, Ikea, etc.
In 2012, Edmond was promoted to General Manager of MSC Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shantou and Pearl River Delta Regions during a critical moment. He is responsible for managing over 400 people and leading a team to deliver smooth and professional services under challenges and changes.
James joined MSC in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer of Greater China.
His career began in 1997 as an external auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 1999, he joined the shipping industry as Internal Auditor at Maersk China. Then, during 2001-2010, he held various senior finance positions in the liner, intermodal and terminal business. In 2011, he was assigned to a joint venture project located in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
James is a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountant and Certified General Accountants Association of Canada.
He took the leading role of SAP implementation in Greater China and handled a series of changes in response to China tax reform (from business tax to value-added tax).
Jason joined MSC in 1999 and was promoted to General Manager of Ningbo office in 2009.
Jason started his career in an electronic firm responsible for material control, shipping and logistics business.
Jason began his career in shipping industry in 1993 with Qiao Feng Shipping Ltd. Hangzhou Office as Chief Representative.
He joined the Sales and Marketing team at MSC Hangzhou in 1999 and was later relocated to MSC Ningbo. In 2009, Jason was appointed General Manager overseeing the Ningbo businesses.
Jonathan Zhu is the Managing Director of MSC Greater China Area including Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition to the liner business, he also oversees MSC depot business and a Documentation Centre in China.
Jonathan holds the Bachelor Degree of Shanghai International Studies University and the Master Degree of China Europe International Business School.
He started the career in the shipping industry in 1990. Thanks to his various exposures in China Marine Shipping Agency (Sinoagent), EACBEN (a liner company), a trading division in The East Asiatic Company (EAC) and Maersk China, he gained extensive business knowledge and excellent management skills.
In 2009, Jonathan joined MSC Shanghai as General Manager of Shanghai and Yangtze River area. In March 2014, he was appointed Managing Director of the Greater China Area.
Peter joined MSC in 1996 as the Manager of MSC Qingdao Representative Office and was promoted to General Manager of Qingdao office in 2009 overseeing the Qingdao businesses.
Peter started his career in China Ocean Shipping Agency Qingdao, a subsidiary of COSCO, as boarding agent.
Peter obtained a BA degree majoring in Ocean Shipping Transportation Shanghai Maritime University in 1983.
Philip started his career in logistics industry with Jardine freight service as Sales Trainee in 1995. Later, he joined Norasia and Hanjin Senator respectively.
In 2002, he joined MSC as Sales focusing in Europe and Mediterranean trades. With 20 years extensive sales experience in shipping industry, he was promoted as General Manager of Trade and Sales overseeing HK, South China & Taiwan for all trades.
Philip holds a Master Degree of Macquarie University of Australia.
Shirley started her career in Marketing and further developed in Human Resources and Organizational Development. She holds a Master Degree in Training and Human Resources Development.
She began as Management Trainee in Sales & Marketing Department at Inchcape Group. She further developed her career in Toppan Forms as Marketing and Training Officer. Later, she expanded her capacity by working at Asia regional level at TNT leading Human Resources and Organization Development. She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Human Resources Management.
In 2005, she joined MSC and set up the Human Resources and Administration Department for all agency offices in Greater China, MSC Ship Management and MSC Cruises Asia. In 2013, Shirley was appointed General Manager of Corporate Administration and her responsibilities now also cover Quality and Compliance.
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