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Capt. Gianluigi Aponte

Capt. Gianluigi Aponte

Group Executive Chairman

Capt. Gianluigi Aponte

Group Executive 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 Executive Chairman

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

Diego Aponte

President and CEO

Diego Aponte

President and CEO

MSC inspires passion, dedication and entrepreneurism wherever you look.

Diego Aponte, President and CEO

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.

Helen Xu

Helen Xu

Chief Financial Officer (Greater China)

Helen Xu

Chief Financial Officer (Greater China)

Helen Xu is the Chief Financial Officer of MSC Greater China Area, covering MSC China, Hong Kong and Taiwan; she also supervises the financials of MSC Depots and MSC Wuhan Documentation Center.

Helen holds the Bachelor Degree of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and the Master Degree of Smith School of Business, Queen’s University Canada.  She is the member of CICPA and ACCA.

Helen started her career with Unilever in 1997 as an Accountant. During her career life with Unilever, she rotated in different positions in Finance Department and was developed to a Finance Manager leading the Accounting Share Service Functions. During 2001 – 2002, Helen took the role as Finance Manager with Intel China. Then Helen joined Maersk and worked for Maersk China for 10 years. During this period, she held several senior finance positions including Finance General Manager of East China Cluster, Finance Head for Safmarine Greater China Area. Helen’s last role before joining MSC was the Financial Director for Smith and Nephew, an UK based medical device company, she managed manufacturing finance team in China and the provided financial support to the Regional Operations and Logistics in Emerging Market.

Helen joined MSC in May 2017 and has been leading the MSC Greater China finance team since then.

Jonathan Zhu

Jonathan Zhu

Managing Director (Greater China)

Jonathan Zhu

Managing Director (Greater China)

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.

Patrick Chang

Patrick Chang

General Manager

Patrick Chang

General Manager

Patrick started his career in shipping industry in 1992 as Sales Representative in Maersk Taiwan after graduation from National Taiwan Ocean University.

During 22-year's tenure in Maersk Taiwan, Patrick was recognized as a talent with excellent sales skills, rich sales experience as well as business development ability by the company.  He has succeeded in taking on the role of the high-level Sales Manager to manage Taiwan’s export and import sales business.

In 2015, Patrick joined MSC Taiwan as General Manager.

Shirley Chan

Shirley Chan

General Manager of Corporate Human Resources and Administration (Greater China)

Shirley Chan

General Manager of Corporate Human Resources and Administration (Greater China)

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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