André Simha

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Global Chief Digital and Information Officer

Having an impressive long-standing career in IT and shipping over more than three decades, André has helped MSC grow to become one of the largest container shipping companies in the world, by being a first-mover in technology and digital innovation. Founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte, MSC moves cargo everywhere, days and nights, with a fleet of 570 vessels, operates 524 offices across 155 countries with 100,000 employees.

In his current role, Andre is responsible for leading and executing the company’s overall digital transformation and innovation strategy. His guiding principle is to explore how the latest technologies, such as blockchain, IoT, and smart containers, can improve and simplify container shipping for MSC’s agencies and customers around the world.

Both in his role at MSC and as Chairman of the DCSA Supervisory Board (Digital Container Shipping Association), André strives to create a digital future of the shipping and logistics sector built around collaboration and common industry standards.

One of his favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein: “If at first, an idea is not insane, there is no hope for it.”

Sessions With André Simha

Wednesday, 3 March

  • 01:15pm - 01:45pm (EST) / 03/mar/2021 06:15 pm - 03/mar/2021 06:45 pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    COVID-19 as Accelerator of Digital Development in Shipping

    The liner shipping industry has suffered from a chronic lack of digitization and standardization, but headway is being made on a number of fronts stemming from historic coordination between carriers designed to make core processes easier for shippers, 3PLs, and software providers to manage. The COVID-19 pandemic acted as a catalyst for this development, forcing logistics teams and service providers to operate in a decentralized way, and shining a light on where out-of-date foundations no longer work. In this session, Andre Simha, global chief digital & information officer at Mediterranean Shipping Co. and chairman of the Digital Container Shipping Association, will discuss progress on a number of fronts intended to unify digitization across the industry, including electronic bills of lading, smart containers, and other technology initiatives MSC is undertaking.