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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.
Gregory joined MSC in 2013 and was promoted GM in June 2015.
Over the past fifteen years, he has acquired an extensive experience in both the freight forwarding and shipping industries, working closely with Chinese and Asian customers.
He started his career at CMA CGM HQ in Marseille with 5 different positions during working in CMA CGM such as Hub Coordinator in Mediterranean at the Break Bulk department.
He also worked for freight forwarding company and assumed the role of Managing Director in 2011.
Rungruedee joined MSC in May 2014 as Commercial Manager. Leveraging her 20 years’ experience in the shipping and air freight industries, Rungruedee is now responsible for Commercial, Customer Service and Freight, Documentation, Operation & Logistics, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, IT, ad Administration.
She started her career in the shipping industry as NYK Sales in 1994. She then held various roles such as Sales Supervisor for the Asia Trade, Management Trainee at NYK Tokyo Head Office and North Europe/North America Trade Manager. She also worked in the air freight industry for UPS as Area Sales Manager and Business Development Manager
Wuttirintorn joined MSC in Mid-November 2015 as Commercial Manager with 25 years of related shipping experience and currently leading the commercial team at MSC Thailand.
Wut’s expertise was developed from work experience in NYK, CMA and APL in the last 25 years. During his tenure, he held various management positions; from Sales Manager with CMA Thailand to Account Sales Manager, Sales Development Manager, Multi & Global Accounts Manager, Inbound Sales Manager and Reefer Trade Sales Manager in APL before joining MSC Thailand.
Kridsaya joined MSC Thailand in April 2008 as Sales Coordinator. Her first promotion with MSC Thailand was to Quality Assurance Supervisor and she was also appointed Customer Service Manager.
She started her career in the shipping industry in 2001 as Logistics staff for CSA Maritime Ltd and then moved to the air freight industry working for ICS Express in Customer Service.
Kridsaya holds a Bachelor Degree in Humanities, International Program (Major in English, Minor in Marketing) from Bangkok University.
Kritin has been working in different industries across a number of countries.
He started working with AP Moller Maersk group, covering various roles and business units in Thailand and the Netherlands before joining Eli Lilly as a Chief Financial Officer in Indonesia. He was part of drivers to lead the organization through corporate restructuring and strategic paradigm shift. After a master degree, he joined Tesco Lotus Thailand as an internal audit manager, overseeing audit activities and risk management. He was previously the Finance Director of Thai Asia Pacific group, prior to joining MSC Thailand.
In addition to his corporate role, Kritin is also a committee member of The Institute of Directors (IOD) and a Rights Protection Volunteer for Thai Investors Association (TIA).
He holds a bachelor degree in Accountancy from Chulalongkorn University and a master degree in Finance from University of Cambridge, the UK.
Enthusiastic, results oriented HR professional with extensive experience in various industries. Panjamaporn specializes in small to mid-size organizations providing guidance and leadership to Management Team in startup, growth and stable organizations.
She was previously the Head of Operations for a digital marketing company before joining MSC. Her passionate and focus is about personal development and human potential as she is remotely studying Life Coaching at TCI in Melbourne.
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