Thursday, October 2, 2014

World's Second Largest Container Shipping Line Appoints New Boss

President and CEO for Mediterranean Shipping Company Keeps it in the Family
Shipping News Feature

SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A, the second largest container shipping line in the world, has announced the appointment of Mr. Diego Aponte as President and CEO. Mr. Gianluigi Aponte, father of Diego, founder of MSC and previously President, will assume a new role as Group Executive Chairman. Mr. Aponte senior will continue to oversee all group related activities as well as supporting Diego in shaping the future of MSC.

Since joining MSC in 1997, Diego has worked in various functions across the business including Line Management where he managed all aspects of the trade. In recent years, Diego has taken more responsibility in the wider running of the company, serving as Vice President. As Chairman of TIL, Terminal Investment Limited, Diego has also overseen the growth and strategic direction of MSC’s Port Division, he commented:

“MSC has a proud heritage, over the past 40 years my father founded and led MSC from a one-ship operator to become the second largest container shipping line in the world. He has created an influential global brand; MSC inspires passion, dedication and entrepreneurism wherever you look. The management team, together with the family board, will continue to work hard to keep MSC as special today as it was in 1970.”

In the past forty or so years the box carrier has expanded to offer services on 200 trade routes, calling at 315 ports and utilising a network of 480 offices spread throughout 150 countries. MSC now includes door to door intermodal and other landside services and obviously plans to keep reviewing and enlarging its portfolio with Mr. Gianluigi Aponte commenting:

“It is important that we keep looking forward and that we prepare the company for the future. The Board and I firmly believe that Diego, supported by his senior management, will deliver continued success for MSC and its customers. We already have a number of projects underway which will help improve our overall service offering to clients, whilst improving our efficiencies. It is an exciting time for MSC.”