Capt. Gianluigi Aponte

Capt. Gianluigi Aponte

Group Chairman

Capt. Gianluigi Aponte

Group Chairman

“Our staff are the lifeblood of the company, they have commitment, passion and loyalty, which, alongside unrivalled expertise makes MSC a shipping line of the people.”

Capt. Gianluigi Aponte, Group Chairman

Captain Gianluigi Aponte is the Founder and Group Chairman of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA.

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

Diego Aponte

Group President

Diego Aponte

Group President

MSC inspires passion, dedication and entrepreneurism wherever you look.

Diego Aponte, Group President

Diego Aponte is Group President of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA.

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 Group President and CEO of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA.

Soren Toft

Soren Toft

CEO

Soren Toft

CEO

I am very excited and humbled by the opportunity given to me by the Aponte family. Helping to preserve the MSC DNA and lead such a successful company into the future is a great honour and a privilege for me

Soren Toft, CEO

Soren Toft joined MSC as Chief Executive Officer in December 2020, reporting to Group President Diego Aponte.

He oversees MSC’s global cargo businesses, including all ocean liner and logistics businesses. He will also be a member of the Board of Directors of Terminal Investment Ltd (TiL), the terminals business which is majority-owned by MSC.

Soren has over 25 years of experience in the shipping industry. Before joining MSC, he was Chief Operating Officer and a Member of the Executive Board at Maersk. Since joining Maersk in 1994, he held various leadership positions in Europe and Asia. Soren was also Chairman of Hamburg Süd, Maersk Oil Trading, Maersk Container Industry and A.P. Moller Singapore and Board Member at Maersk Line Limited.

In addition, he has served as a member of the board of World Shipping Council, the international liner shipping industry trade group, Deputy Chairman of Danish Shipping and Chairman of the Board of Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), Denmark Chapter.

Soren holds an executive MBA from IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Subhro Basu

Subhro Basu

Managing Director

Subhro Basu

Managing Director

Subhro has been working in the shipping and logistics industry for close to three decades.

Over the years, he has worked with multiple shipping lines in India and gained extensive experience in the areas of Liner Agency, Buyers Consolidations, International Freight Forwarding, Warehousing & Distributions and Project Logistics.

Prior to joining MSC, he had been working for a reputed liner agency in India for over a decade in various capacities. There he managed all India operations over 7 years as General Manager - Liner.

In May 2016, Subhro has joined MSC to manage the company’s newly set up branch in Yangon. Taking care of the country management for the overall business growth of MSC in Myanmar.

Subhro has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a specialisation in Marketing.

Win Pyea Pyea

Win Pyea Pyea

Commercial Manager

Win Pyea Pyea

Commercial Manager

Win Pyea Pyea joined MSC in 2017 as Commercial Manager.

Pyea Pyea has more than 10 years of experience in the shipping and logistics industry. Prior to joining MSC, she worked in a global logistics company, in their customer service and sales and marketing functions. Her experience in these departments has given her a deep understanding of the customer needs. She is currently leading a team of highly motivated sales professionals.

Pyea Pyea holds a Bachelor in French from the University of Foreign Language at Yangon and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Aldersdgates College.

Barakkat Gani

Barakkat Gani

Finance Manager

Barakkat Gani

Finance Manager

Barakkat joined MSC in 2016 as Finance Manager of MSC Myanmar.

Barakkat has more than 10 years of experience in Finance in the shipping and logistics industry. His past work experience spans across different aspects of the industry from carriers, terminals to shipping software companies. His extensive experience has helped him to shape the finance department in MSC Myanmar.

Barakkat is a Cost Accountant and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with Finance as major.

Lei Lei Win

Lei Lei Win

Assistant Manager Customer Service

Lei Lei Win

Assistant Manager Customer Service

Lei Lei Win joined MSC in 2016 as Assistant Manager of Customer Service & Documentation.

Prior to joining MSC, Lei Lei Win has worked with a number of other carriers and shipping companies. She has over 13 years of experience in the shipping industry and has worked in both the operations and customer service departments. Her past experience in the operations department helped her to better understand the issues faced by customers and how to provide efficient and timely solutions to address their needs.

Lei Lei currently oversees the Customer Service & Documentation teams. She is in charge of OVA and MyMSC.com. She also handles claims and compliance.

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