Søren Toft

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Chief Executive Officer

Soren Toft joined MSC as Chief Executive Officer in December 2020, reporting to Group President Diego Aponte and Group Chairman Gianluigi Aponte. 

He oversees MSC’s global cargo businesses, including ocean and inland intermodal transportation, along with the logistics arm MEDLOG, and he is Chairman of MedTug, an emerging towage and mooring business. He is also a member of Board of Directors of Terminal Investment Ltd (TiL), the terminals business which is majority-owned by MSC.

Soren has over 25 years of experience in the maritime sector, and he is a board member of the World Shipping Council, the trade industry body representing container liner companies. 

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 and Maersk Container Industry.

Soren holds an executive MBA from IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

TIMELINE:

1974 Born in Denmark

1994 Joins A.P. Moller – Maersk

2009 Graduates with Executive MBA from IMD

2013 Appointed Chief Operating Officer, Maersk

2017 Appointed Member of the Executive Board, A. P. Moller – Maersk A/S

2020 Joins MSC as Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Sessions With Søren Toft

Monday, 27 February

  • 11:30am - 12:15pm (PST) / 27/feb/2023 07:30 pm - 27/feb/2023 08:15 pm

    TPM CEO Series: A Conversation With Mediterranean Shipping Co.'s Soren Toft

    Soren Toft joined MSC in December 2020 as CEO of what is now the world’s largest container shipping company, following a distinguished 25-year career at Maersk where he rose to executive vice [resident and chief operating officer. He is the first person outside the Aponte family to hold such a leadership role at MSC. In addition to becoming the world’s largest carrier in early 2022, MSC has been growing its fleet and has built the largest order book of any major carrier, at 39 percent of its current fleet, according to Alphaliner. MSC also has been diversifying this year, launching an air cargo offering for the first time and expanding its rail transportation and towage businesses, particularly within Europe. Meanwhile, the company is approaching completion of its acquisition of Bollore Africa Logistics. In North America, it is steadily building its presence and investment in terminal operations via majority-owned Terminal Investment Ltd. since acquiring a majority stake in TTI at Long Beach in 2017. Most recently, it is partnering to build a new terminal at Baltimore that would double the port’s throughput. MSC is also an active bidder to operate a new terminal at the Port of Montreal. In this in-depth conversation with Soren at TPM23, we will have the opportunity to discuss with him all of these developments and others. MSC has been increasingly active in tackling climate change, committing to deploy its first net-zero-carbon-emissions-capable ship by 2030 and achieving complete net decarbonization by 2050.