About the Council

Diego Aponte

Diego Aponte

Group President & CEO
MSC Group

A visionary business leader, recognised globally for his exceptional industry knowledge and drive, Diego Aponte is President & CEO of the MSC Group.  Son of MSC’s founder, Gianluigi Aponte, and his wife Rafaela, Diego shares a family passion for the sea which goes back some 300 years.  Diego was initially schooled in Geneva and furthered his education in the U.K., where he obtained a post graduate qualification in Maritime Studies. He joined MSC in 1997 and began his commercial career.

Diego served on MSC vessels at sea, worked in MSC’s technical offices in Sorrento, Italy, and managed shipping trade lines from headquarters in Geneva. His early learnings within the business ensured a rounded perspective on all of MSC’s many operations and a comprehensive knowledge of the many different roles in the business.  With a firm grip on the operational aspects of container shipping, ship management and crewing, Diego then played a key role in the strategic expansion and diversification of MSC since the turn of the millennium.

Through his entrepreneurship and strategic vision for the global transportation market, MSC started to invest in port terminal infrastructure through Terminal Investment Limited S.A (TiL). Under Diego’s chairmanship, TiL grew from a single investment to the large, geographically-diverse business it is today, with a network of terminals spanning five continents.Diego also oversaw the growth of MSC’s logistics and inland intermodal transportation arm, MEDLOG, which today flourishes in more than 70 countries.

In 2014, Diego was appointed President & CEO of MSC Group.  He has been a key decision maker in one of the most challenging environments in the history of container shipping.  For example, he brokered the market-leading 2M operational alliance that has helped perserve service stability and reliability for MSC customers in an otherwise tumultuous industry.

On Diego’s watch, MSC’s growth has endured, despite the tough times facing the industry. Cargo volumes have increased for MSC in each of the five years since he took over as CEO, while other shipping lines were reporting losses, merging to save costs, or even collapsing in the case of Hanjin Shipping, once the world’s seventh-largest shipping line.

As a true leader of people, Diego has embodied the Aponte family values in ensuring that MSC thrives and continues to provide a world of opportunities for more than 70,000 employees. He was one of the first leaders in the industry to institute a global company travel ban after the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diego is the architect of a responsible, sustainable approach to commercial transportation and logistics and has signed the United Nations Global Compact, which encourages businesses to align strategies and operations with universal values and principles to ensure the sustainable development of the planet.

The company announced in November 2019 that he will retain his position as President, upon the arrival in late 2020 of Soren Toft, the new CEO for the cargo business.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is a global business engaged in the shipping and logistics sector. Present in 155 countries, MSC facilitates international trade between the world’s major economies, and among emerging markets across all continents. Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, since 1978, MSC is a privately-owned organisation driven by the Aponte family. A world leader in container shipping, MSC has evolved from a one vessel operation into a globally-respected business with a fleet of 560 vessels and more than 70,000 staff.

Through a network of 493 offices, MSC ensures that shippers can talk directly to its representatives, as well as using a variety of e-business solutions for digitalized cargo bookings. MSC calls at 500 ports on 200 trade routes, carrying some 21 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually, via a modern fleet, equipped with the latest green technologies.

Over the years, MSC has diversified its activities to include overland transportation, logistics and a growing portfolio of port terminal investments.