Soren Toft will shortly take on his new role as chief executive of Swiss liner operator Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC).

The industry veteran will start work at the Geneva-based carrier on 2 December, more than a year after stepping down as chief operating officer of its Danish rival Maersk.

It will be a landmark shift for the world's second-largest box carrier, which has been run by the Aponte family for 50 years.