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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.
Amanda joined MSC Indonesia at Jakarta head office in May 2003 as Assistant Manager for logistic, this opportunity was coming following her previous career as Land Operation Supervisor at OOCL Indonesia (Orient Overseas Container Line).
Over the years, she rose to Logistic Manager and has made vast contributions through cost savings, improve team efficiency/productivity and achieving annual targets.
In 1996, Ambar Mulyo gratuaded from an Accounting Academy in Yogyakarta. He then joined Intrajasa Mandaya (an agent of MSC Indonesia) in the Jakarta head office as part of the finance and accounting team.
He moved to MSC Semarang in 1999 as Finance and Accounting Manager. In 2006, He was promoted to Branch Manager of MSC Semarang.
Ben has been with MSC for 11 years since June 2003, originally as Line Manager for USA and Latin America. In July 2013, he became Sales Manager in Import Department.
Ben started his career in shipping with Evergreen Shipping line as Trade Manager and worked for 11 years.
He graduated as Diploma Program in Hotel and Tourism Industry University.
Dadang has a long and rich working experience in areas of logistics, customer services and documentation. Today, Mr Syarifudine is overseeing the Export Documentation Team in Indonesia.
Dadang graduated with a Business Administration Degree.
Dhany has committed his life to the shipping industry.
He started his career as a Documentation staff and soon rose to a Logistic-Controller and then a Sales Executive in various shipping lines.
In 1996, soon after the establishment of MSC agency in Indonesia under the auspices of PT. Intrajasa Mandaya, Mr. Dhany Novianto was chosen to be the Sales Manager for the budding enterprise and since then has been an integral part of the MSC Indonesia setup. His multi-talented personality and unrelenting dedication to the job at hand were soon rewarded by his appointment as the General Manager for the whole of Indonesia.
Mr. Novianto remains the driving force behind the much larger MSC presence in Indonesia especially to lead the team go through a dynamic ups and downs of economical & political situation , overseeing many branches and container depots throughout the archipelago.
His zeal and drive are still very visible until today. But his main asset remains the invaluable and diverse experience he brings to the table who successfully presenting the growth of lifting and contribution to MSC Indonesia.
Imam has begun his career in the shipping industry in 1989 with NYK Line as Customer Service Staff and moved on to join APL & OOCL as Customer Service Supervisor and Trans- Pacific Trade Sales/Marketing Executive.
Imam graduated from Banking Academy “PERBANAS” in 1989 with Diploma III.
Gaining over 18 years’ experience in the industry, Imam joined MSC in June 2007 as Customer Service Supervisor and as Customer Service Manager.
Imam consistently review and reflect MSC areas of service, to drive improvements and achieve customer satisfaction.
Inoky started his career in the shipping industry in 2006 after he graduated from the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT Malaysia) majoring in Business IT.
He joined MSC in 2007 in sales/marketing. Two years later, he was promoted Sales & Commercial Manager.
In 2011, Inoky was promoted Branch Manager for MSC Belawan as well as acting as Trade Manager leveraging his commercial background.
Suwarna Graduated in 1997 from well-known University Bina Nusantara majoring Computer Science.
Suwarna started his carrier in shipping business with MSC in March 1999 as IT manager and then going to several positions as Customer Service Assistant Manager, Import Manager and South East Asia Regional Import Manager.
Due to his extensive experience, he was promoted to Deputy GM in 2013 to oversee the Export & Import Commercial, Finance, Customer Service, Pricing and Information Technology Departments.
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