MCI announces new CEO

Maersk Container Industry (MCI), a leading manufacturer of refrigerated containers and a subsidiary of A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk), announces that current CCO Søren Leth Johannsen will take over as new CEO of the company in November. He will replace Sean Fitzgerald who has decided to step down from the role as CEO and relocate to the US.


I am very pleased that Søren Leth Johannsen has accepted being appointed CEO of MCI. With his many years at MCI, he has great insight in both market and customers, which will be valuable on the journey ahead. I would also like to thank Sean Fitzgerald for all his dedication since joining five years ago. He has been instrumental in MCI’s transformation and is handing over the baton of a financially resilient company.

Henriette Hallberg Thygesen
CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands at A.P. Moller – Maersk

Søren Leth Johannsen has been with MCI for the last 17 years and has held the role as CCO since joining.


MCI is a high-performing and innovative company with a very skilled and talented organisation, and I am excited to take on the position as CEO. In recent years, the company has transformed and is now considered the leader within container cooling technology. I am looking forward to continuing this development as we also embark on the work to define the future structural setup for MCI.

Søren Leth Johannsen
CCO of Maersk Container Industry (MCI)

About MCI

Founded by A.P. Moller – Maersk in 1991, MCI has been part of the Maersk family for more than 30 years. Today, MCI employs 2,300 people in China and Denmark.

About A.P. Moller – Maersk

A.P. Moller – Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs over 100,000 people.

Povl D. Rasmussen

Povl D. Rasmussen

Press Officer

Copenhagen, Denmark – A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) and China International Marine Containers Ltd. (CIMC) today announced the termination of the previously announced transaction whereby CIMC would acquire Maersk Container Industry (MCI), a leading manufacturer of refrigerated containers, from Maersk. The parties agreed to terminate the agreement because of significant regulatory challenges preventing the closing of the transaction.

It is unfortunate that the transaction will not happen despite efforts of all parties involved. Throughout the process MCI has performed very well thanks to the dedication of all its employees. Maersk will continue to be a proud owner of MCI for the foreseeable future, and we will now assess the best structural set-up for MCI to ensure the long-term development of the business.

Patrick Jany, CFO at A.P. Moller – Maersk

The intended divestment was announced on 28 September 2021 and was expected to close in 2022. As a part of the closing process, the transaction was subject to regulatory approvals.

Founded by Maersk in 1991, MCI has been a part of the company for more than 30 years. Over the years, it has transformed into a business focusing entirely on manufacturing refrigerated containers. Today, MCI employs 2,300 people in China and Denmark.

About A.P. Moller – Maersk
A.P. Moller – Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs approximately 95,000 people.

Maersk Container Industry produces Star Cool unit no. 400,000

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is proud to announce another significant milestone in our 30-year history as a key supplier to the global maritime shipping and intermodal industries.

In July 2021, Star Cool unit number 400,000 was produced, marking a historic landmark since the first Star Cool unit was produced back in 2005 – the very first series of Star Cool units produced for the open market.

In the 16 years since then, Star Cool reefers have been in service with many of the global and regional carriers and leasing companies around the world with more than 50% owned and operated outside of the Maersk group.

Since our inception, Star Cool has been the reefer industry’s leading innovator. The company has introduced many products and features that continue to separate us from the competition. These innovations include taking the lead in the field of energy performance, developing an industry-leading, reliable and cost-effective CA system, proving the durability and economic advantage of our integrated reefers, offering a pragmatic refrigerant solution that reduces the Global Warming Potential (GWP) by 56%, and developing the first OEM connectivity system, ‘Sekstant’.  

“We are celebrating this major event with all our many customers as well as our over 400 authorized Star Cool service providers around the world, without whom MCI would never had reached such a landmark within a relatively short period”, commented Søren Leth Johannsen, CCO of MCI.   

“We are particularly happy to see that Star Cool number 400,000 will go into service with HMM, one of MCI’s earliest customers in Asia. MCI has been supplying reefer containers to HMM since before the Star Cool launch.  As early as 2009, HMM entrusted MCI with their first Star Cool order of 150 units. Today, the company has grown and continues to operate a significant number of Star Cool reefers in their global service – including both Star Cool Integrated and Star Cool units, as well as Star Cool CA”, Johannsen explained. 

To make sure that HMM and other important customers based in South Korea were well supported, MCI took steps early in 2010 to deploy our own Star Cool service manager in country. This marked one of MCI’s important early service expansion moves.  Today, a team of dedicated Star Cool service managers are deployed in key markets around the world.   

“HMM is looking forward receiving Star Cool no. 400,000 into our growing reefer operation. Our longstanding relationship with MCI is based on mutual trust and close cooperation. Moreover, Star Cool supports the vision and mission of HMM, so we are confident Star Cool no. 500,000 running off the production line will not be far away”, said Mr. Kwon, Purchasing Team / Manager, HMM Co., Ltd.  

The most recent order from HMM is for a total of 1,500 Star Cool units, which are being shipped to another box manufacturer for commissioning and immediate deployment in HMM’s 60 worldwide service routes, including 27 as part of THE Alliance.