Toft was appointed by MSC in November last year but has only just formally taken up his new job.
MSC, privately owned by the Aponte family, is the world’s second-largest containershipping line and is seen by industry analysts as a challenger to Maersk’s position as the market leader.
A new beginning! Today is my first day as CEO of MSC (@MSCCargo). I’m incredibly humbled to be given this opportunity by the Aponte family, in one of the most successful, entrepreneurial and fastest-growing companies in modern times ?
MSC said Toft would report directly to MSC group’s president, Diego Aponte, and the company’s founder and chairman Gianluigi Aponte.
“With his 25 years of experience in leadership roles at Maersk, and his comprehensive understanding of the future of the container shipping supply chain, Soren is the ideal match to help lead MSC into the future at the helm of our family company,” Diego Aponte said.
The container market is currently experiencing its strongest earnings in years, boosted by a surge in demand for consumer goods that liner ships transport due to lockdown restrictions around the world.
Toft had most recently served as Maersk’s head of operations.