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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.
Alberto is responsible for dealing with MSC’s Global Accounts at Le Navi.
He was born in Genoa and he is still living there with his family. After two years in the insurance industry, he moved to shipping in 1998 and joined Le Navi’s staff as Documentation Clerk within the “East Med – Middle/Far East Export Department”.
In 2000, he transferred– still under the export sector – to the “West/South Africa – Oceania Department” where he developed his knowledge and skills by playing various roles: from the handling of bookings/cross-trades, passing through customer service to finally get to pricing and sales.
In 2005, he took over the helm of the department and was promoted Export Line Manager for the above mentioned trade lanes.
Since January 2014, after a brief immersion within statistics and a training on Global Accounts, he assumed today’s office. His tasks are related to the management of those customers who - for their specificity - have direct contracts with the Company. In order to provide them with 360° local support along the entire transport chain, he works in coordination with the whole staff of the Agency.
Anna Paola joined MSC Le Navi Agency in 1974.
She is member of UNITALSI-Lourdes and Lions International.
She started her career in the shipping industry as part of a Genoan freight forwarder company called OTIM. S
Anna Paola has always managed the agency administration having to deal with cash, banks, balance sheets, budgets, audit of the account and various other tasks. In the past few years, she also managed the car fleet of Le Navi agencies.
Daniele started his career at CGM (public French shipping company) in 1980. During the first 15 years, he has worked in various departments such as operations, logistics and eventually in the commercial department growing into the role of Commercial Manager.
In 1996, he started his adventure with Le Navi (MSC ) in charge of the management of the MSC line to the Middle/Far East.
Daniele is now leading the Commercial Department composed of 23 people, being also responsible for Sales and for the coordination of Le Navi national network.
Federico joined Le Navi S.p.A. in 1997 after almost 8 years in a Freight Forwarding / Ship Agency located in Savona, his hometown.
He started his career at Le Navi SpA as Operations Clerk. During all these years of tenure with the company, he has developed his knowledge, skills and career, progressing through various roles, including Transhipment Manager, Documentation Manager, Cost Control Manager and currently Operation Manager.
Federico joined MSC Le Navi in 1998 and he was appointed Manager in 2008.
After finishing his studies at the Naval Academy of Leghorn, Federico was employed as an officer on military and merchant ships. He then started at Le Navi as “dispatcher” in the Intermodal Department where he developed his knowledge in different roles such as Intermodal Supervisor for Import trades, Equipment Control Manager and finally Logistic Manager.
Within this role Federico contributed to reorganize and restructure the MSC Italian Logistic Network growing a team from 6 to 53 people and developing a unique net of haulage able to connected 13 ports and more then 50 inland depots.
Mr. Franco Zuccarino is President and Chief Executive Officer of Agenzia Marittima Le Navi S.p.A. , which represents MSC in Italy acting as Sole Agent.
Mr. Zuccarino took the lead of Agenzia Marittima Le Navi S.p.A. in 1975, initially acquiring the representation of MSC, of Empremar and of many Liner Shipping Agencies dedicated to South America Pacific and Asian trades. In 1998, he definitely established with MSC the Sole Agent relationship on the whole Italian country, and this relationship still continues today.
Earlier, between 1959 and 1975, Mr. Zuccarino held the office of Commercial Representative in the Compagnia Trasporti Marittimi (Petrochemical Vessels’ Owner) and for the Shipping Lines of Cima Maritime Agency. He successfully achieved these first professional experiences after his attendance at the University of Biological Science in Genoa and formerly at the Scientific High School “Cassini”, also located in Genoa.
Thanks to his leadership, Agenzia Marittima Le Navi S.p.A. has reached its current dimensions, with more than 450 employees spread out among Genoa Head Office, 9 Branches and 5 Sub-Agencies located all over Italy. Mr. Zuccarino has always been engaged in the cruise industry also, being appointed as General Manager and Member of the Board of Directors in “Starlauro” and afterwards , from 2007, President of MSC Cruise.
Gianluca started his career in the shipping industry more than 20 years ago, followingr a Business & Economics degree at Genoa University.
He got his first job in 1991 in the Italian Shipping Company "Ignazio Messina Line". Gianluca developed his knowledge, skills and career, progressing through various roles in the documentation, customer service and commercial departments for different trades (West Africa, Red Sea, North Africa).
After 5 years, he moved to CGM Italian Agent where he was appointed Commercial Manager.
Gianluca joined MSC in 1997 for the opening of the new South America Service that he saw coming to life and grow.
Today, he’s leading a team of over 30 people following up export to South America, Australia, New Zealand , South Africa, North Africa, East Med and North West Continent.
Gianni joined MSC Le Navi in 1999. He is now Export Manager for USA, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean.
His shipping knowledge and skills were acquired through different roles including Documentation, Water Clerk, Planners, Claims, Marketing and Export Manager (USA, South America Atlantic and Pacific , Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf).
Giuseppe started his career at MSC Le Navi in Genoa in the Accounting Department in 1977.
In 1984, he was promoted Accounting Manager and in 2004 he took the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) growing a finance team from 6 to 30 people.
At Le Navi, Giuseppe has been gaining valuable experience in financial and accounting management thanks to his long-lasting career.
In 2007, Giuseppe was admitted to the Register of the Shipping Agents.
Marco joined MSC in 2000 in the Import Department and was appointed to the Le Navi Board in 2010, in charge of Cost Control and Documentation.
He started his career in the shipping industry in a Customs agency in Genoa, Saimare, after his graduation in Politic Science at the University of Genoa.
At Le Navi, Marco gained a valuable experience through various roles in the organization across various departments: import, transshipment, operations and finally cost control, a new department created in 2008.
During this period, Marco also managed the development of new tools and procedures for the documentation departments in Italy, with the support of IT.
Today, Marco is following the implementation of cost and quality control in the documentation area.
After finishing his studies , Marco got his first job in 1995 at MSC Le Navi. He was responsible for following the export documentation for transshipment cargo and for our local export cargo designated to South and West Africa, Australia, Indian Ocean and Est Mediterranean Countries.
The continuous growth of MSC in terms of volume and new lines allowed him to gain commercial and documentation knowledge in the new markets.
The year 2000 was a turning point because of the strong increase in the import volumes which imposed the creation of a new italian Import structure. Marco faced this challenge with his awareness of the Italian market which was increasingly export-oriented.
Facing an hard and difficult work and leveraging on his commitment and perseverance, Marco manages a commercial team of 10 people covering all the worldwide MSC services for Italy for Dry and Reefer Cargo.
As Import Manager, Maurizio is responsible for relevant Documentation, Customs procedure and Customer Service for Italy.
Maurizio’s career began in 1985 at a container leasing company: he held various roles in charge of equipment control, rental contracts, inspections of empties container.
In 1986, he carried out military service on board of M/v Vesuvio (an auxiliary vessel of the Italian Navy) and in 1987 he started a new experience with MSC Le Navi.
His first role in the agency was to issue the Export cargo declaration and appropriate cargo manifest for MSC, Empremar, Consorcio Naviero Peruviano, Csav, Trasmare and Linabol companies.
He then worked in the Accounting Department for over one year, and in 1990 he joined the Commercial Export Department starting by managing the MSC South Africa line and then the MSC North Atlantic line. He also gained an extensive knowledge of Import matters when managing the customs documentation of the first import service by train from Antwerp to the North Italian depots.
Maurizio was appointed Import Manager in 1998. In 2007 he collaborated with his CEO to create the Le Navi Gioia Tauro’s office.
Rita joined MSC Le Navi Accounting Department in 1976, after her Diploma in Teaching Science.
She quickly became responsible for the Payment Department.
In 1998, Rita was appointed Human Resources Manager and today she is responsible for the whole staff in Italy.
Rita is a member of WISTA (Women’s Shipping Association).
Roberto joined MSC Le Navi in 1998 as Accounting Manager and still holds this position.
After being certified as an accountant in 1978, Roberto started his career immediately in the shipping industry. He got his first job at SIAMAR, a shipping agency in Genoa. From a simple clerk in the accounting department he became the Assistant of the Administrative Director of the same agency, gaining a significant experience. In 1997, the company moved to Milan, but he managed to come back to Genoa 10 months later before joining MSC.
Roberto was appointed Information & Communication Technologies Manager in 1996.
He lives in Genoa and has successfully achieved the Accounting/Finance and RPG programmer Certificate and a Specialization Training by IBM. He started his career as Process Analyst, Programmer and System Administrator in a local company of food staff distribution.
Roberto developed his skills and knowledge through many experiences as IT&C Manager in different firms in manufacturing, maritime (Sea Land Italy), chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
From 2000 to 2004 Roberto and his team implemented and managed the IT&C services of various MSC family companies: MSC Cruises, SNAV and Marine Store.
Vincenzo joined MSC Le Navi in 2006 as Reefer Cargo Expert and he has been following the development of this business until today. He takes care of Reefer Cargo and in particular of the export commercial issues, aiming to grow the business in Italy year by year cooperating closely with his MSC colleagues in the Geneva headquarters and all over the world.
He started his career in the container business in 1976 working for different steam lines such as Merzario, Finmare Group, Evergreen Group, P&ONL and Maersk. He worked in several different Italian cities and even abroad (USA – New Jersey & Idaho ) mainly in technical & operation positions and then as Agency Manager and Owner representative.
In 2006, Vincenzo started his adventure with the MSC Agency in Genoa as Reefer Cargo Manager taking care of reefer business development particularly in the export commercial issues: since the beginning his goal was to grow year by year such business in Italy cooperating closely with colleagues in the headquarter of Geneva and all over the world into the MSC's organization.
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