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Soren Toft

Soren Toft

Chief Executive Officer
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

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 Limited (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 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.

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.